Martha D Lewis - Homage To Roza - CD

Martha D Lewis - Homage To Roza - CD

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Homage to Roza, the much-anticipated new album by Martha D Lewis, features contemporary remakes of classic rembetiko songs. The album is inspired by the repertoire of iconic Greek-Jewish singer Roza Eskenazi, the 'Queen of Rembetika', whose legacy has had a far-reaching influence extending even to the theme tune of Pulp Fiction and continues to influence blues in the States with collaborations taking place today between famous rembetiko musicians and blues and jazz artists. Martha's new interpretation of Roza's music provides a stimulating new contribution to the margins and borders of world music.
Also known as the 'Greek Blues' – rembetiko originated in Smyrna, Turkey, from the 1920s onwards. Like other urban subcultural musical forms – such as the Blues, Fado and Tango – rembetiko grew out of particular urban circumstances and evolved to reflect the harsh realities of marginalized communities at that time, inspired by the experiences of refugees, the unemployed, impoverished and criminal underclass.
Martha's album follows her involvement with Roy Sher's award-winning international feature documentary My Sweet Canary about the life of Roza Eskenazi. The film follows the exuberant musical journey of three young musicians – Mehtap Demir, Tomer Katz and Martha D Lewis – as they explore the history of rembetiko music and travel to London, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Thessaloniki and Athens, tracing the musical journey that Roza Eskenazi made in her life.