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Parashqevi Simaku signed a contract in Hollywood

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Parashqevi Simaku has signed a contract in Hollywood for her new CD in Albanian language titled Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria).

Parashqevi Simaku CD to be manufactured and distributed by Sony/BMG in the USA.

New York based Muza Records and Hollywood based Lunaticworks and Reincarnate Music announce the signing of recording artist Simaku (aka Parashqevi Simaku) to a worldwide recording and publishing deal in connection with her new Albanian language CD Echoes from Iliria. In the USA, the album will be manufactured and distributed by Sony/BMG Music Entertainment (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Britney Spears).

"I am very happy to get this opportunity to share my music on an international stage" said Simaku. I am grateful to Robert and Jason Whittington for making this happen.
For me Albania will always be the land of poetry, heroes and music."

Whittington of Lunaticworks/Reincarnate said "we are very excited about signing Simaku, a uniquely gifted artist. The roots of her music are unheard of in much of the modern world and her voice and music have global appeal."

Echoes from Iliria is 10 original songs in Albanian-language mixing ancient Albanian "Popullore" (folk) and American modernism. Simaku wrote and produced the album with her producer/guitar player and husband Robert Nolfe. The full-length CD will be released by Sony/BMG in US stores on February 21st and is available for pre-sale at the websites of Tower Records, Amazon, Best Buy, Circuit City among others. The single Haxhirea can be previewed at www.muzarecords.com.

Muza Records is located in New York, NY and is the home to Simaku and Robert's world music projects. Sony/BMG is one of the largest distributors of music in the world and is based in New York, NY. Lunaticworks, run by music industry veteran Jason Whittington and Reincarnate Music are both based in Hollywood, CA.

For more information please visit:
www.muzarecords.com and www.simaku.com


Simaku appearing live in Manhattan inside Borders to sing and sign autographs of her new CD Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria).

Albanians and world music fans alike are specially invited to Borders.

Albanian world music artist Simaku will sing live and then sign copies of her Albanian language CD Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria). Simaku is the first Albanian recording artist to be signed to a major distribution company (Sony/BMG Music Entertainment). The new CD is available at Borders, Virgin Megastore, Tower Records and other stores across the US.

Simaku - CD Event:
BORDERS Books, Music & Café
Thursday, March 9th @ 7pm
576 2nd Ave (@ 32nd St.)
Manhattan (New York, NY)
212.685.3938

for more info go to http://www.simaku.com/

Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria)
Written and produced by: Simaku & Robert Nolfe

An eclectic yet culturally significant blend of Albanian folklore, international flavors and American modernism, Simaku’s new CD Echoes from Iliria is now available in U.S. stores. This modern world music album contains 10 tracks in Albanian language. Simaku’s music is part archive, part futurism. Ancient folklore brought to life through angelic melodies in exotic, contemporary arrangements.

Manufactured & Distributed in the USA by Sony/BMG Music Entertainment. © 2006 Muza Records, LLC http://www.muzarecords.com/

Simaku has been recognized in America and internationally for her good will in donating her CD to Albania, Kosova and Macedonia as reported by the popular American world music news organization and web portal:

Albanian Star Simaku Releases Her First US Album and Donates CDs to Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia

New York, USA - simaku has released her new CD, Echoes From Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria), in the United States. Parashqevi simaku is giving her new album to Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia for free.

Echoes From Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria) is a 10-song CD featuring simaku's modern “popullore” music in the Albanian language. simaku will be doing a promotional tour in conjunction with Borders Books & Music where she will perform live and sign autographs.

When simaku signed the music contract in Hollywood, she kept all the rights for the territories of Albania, Kosova and Macedonia out of the deal.

The following is an official statement from Parashqevi simaku: “At this time, I would like to announce that without hesitation I grant the rights to manufacture and distribute my new 10-song album in Albanian language, Echoes From Iliria (Echoes from Iliria) to Albania, Kosova and Macedonia for free.”

“The folk songs belong to my people and these songs have made me who I am. I, Parashqevi simaku, give to all the music stores and radio televisions of Albania, Kosova and Macedonia the rights to sell, use, and distribute my album Jehone nga Iliria (Echoes From Iliria). In Albania, I have already given away 250 original masters of the CD that were manufactured by Sony/BMG in the United States.”

“This is a gift from me and my husband and producer Robert Nolfe as a contribution to preserve Albanian music.”

LINK TO STORY:
http://www.worldmusiccentral.org/article.php?story=20060301210654610
For more information contact:
press@muzarecords.com
212-427-0702 USA


Parashqevi Simaku's Albanian world music album Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Ilria) is now available for digital download through the iTunes virtual store (www.itunes.com).

Albanian Star Simaku Releases Her First US Album and Donates CDs to Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia

Parashqevi Simaku's Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Ilria), her new Albanian world music album, is now available for download from iTunes, the leading online distributor of digital music in the world. iTunes is owned by US computer giant Apple. This is in addition to Sony/BMG Entertainment's distribution of Simaku's new CD in US record stores such as Tower Records, Virgin Megastores and Borders.

Simaku's Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria) is also now being featured at Virgin Megastores's listening stations where her music can be previewed with headphones. World music is one of the top sellers in their Manhattan stores due New York's international profile with Virgins's flagship store located in the infamous Times Square.

Simaku recently performed live at Borders in Manhattan where over 100 fans attended and Albanian music was shared with a cosmopolitan public including Stan Dragoti, Fadil Berisha, Donika Bardha, Gary Kokalari and Tony Dovalani, who recently starred on ABC Television's spektaklin amerikan "Vallezim me yjet". With her husband Robert Nolfe on guitar, Simaku perfromed songs from the new CD and signed autographs.

A promotional tour for Echoes from Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria) is continuing sponsored by Sony/BMG and Borders as Simaku makes special appearances performing at Borders in various US cities.

In an extraodinary event, Parashqevi Simaku has given her new album, Echoes From Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria), to Albania, Kosova and Macedonia for free. When Simaku signed the music contract in Hollywood, she retained the rights for the territories of Albania, Kosova and Macedonia.

Parashqevi Simaku has made the following statement: "At this time, I would like to announce that without hesitation I grant the rights to manufacture and distribute my new 10-song album in Albanian language, Echoes From Iliria (Jehone nga Iliria) to Albania, Kosova and Macedonia for free. The folk songs belong to my people and these songs have made me who I am. I, Parashqevi Simaku, give to all the music stores and radio televisions of Albania, Kosova and Macedonia the rights to sell, use, and distribute my album Jehone nga Iliria (Echoes From Iliria). In Albania, I have already given away 250 original masters of the CD that were manufactured by Sony/BMG in the United States. This is a gift from me and my husband and producer Robert Nolfe as a contribution to preserve Albanian music."

Simaku's new song Anes Lumenjve is a special song dedicated to all Albanian immigrants around the world. The lyrics from this new original song are based on the honorable poet Fan S. Noli's famous poem.

Click here to download MP3 of Anes Lumenjve and new photos


Simaku touring US cities with Albanian language CD Echoes From Iliria, sponsored by Sony/BMG and Borders Books & Music.

April 30, 2006

After a successful event at Borders Books & Music in Manhattan (New York City), Simaku is embarking on a six-city promotional tour in the United States, sponsored by Sony/BMG and Borders. By hosting Simaku at these events, Borders is promoting Albanian music like the works of best-selling authors, music superstars and notable dignitaries such as Madeline Albright, Andrea Bocelli and Ted Kennedy.

Echoes from Iliria, the new CD written, recorded and produced by Simaku and her husband Robert Nolfe, is an eclectic, culturally significant blend of Albanian folklore, international flavors and American modernism.

Simaku and Robert will perform songs from their new album and will sign autographs immediately following each performance.

Following is Simaku's tour dates at Borders Books & Music locations:

May 6 at 3pm - Paramus, NJ
May 12 at 12pm - Boston, MA
May 13 at 7pm - Fairfield, CT
May 20 at 7pm - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 2 at 7pm - Chicago, IL
Jun 3 at 2pm - Birmingham, MI (Detroit)

Simaku stated "It gives me great joy to sing in my mother's tongue here in America. I look forward to sharing my new music with the Albanian diaspora and world music fans."

"In this crowded music scene in the US, I am happy to have this unique opportunity to share this peculiar music", said Robert Nolfe. "Albanian folk has been in my heart for a long time. I am looking forward to playing guitar and singing Ilirian chants with Simaku."

For more details visit Simaku.com , Borders.com or check local listings, such as The New York Times where Simaku's May 6th New Jersey appearance was featured on Friday.


Sony Music welcomes Simaku and her Echoes from Iliria to Canada

New York, NY May 17th, 2006

Echoes from Iliria, the new CD by Albanian modern-folk recording artist Simaku has just been released by Sony Music in Canada on May 16th. This puts Simaku's new Albanian language CD next to others new releases by artists such as Pink, Dixie Chicks and Neil Diamond.

For new releases by Sony Music-Canada:

http://www.sonybmg.ca/releases.cgi

Continuing her tour in the US, Simaku is performing a live set Saturday May 20th at 7pm at Borders Books & Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The songs are from her new modern Albanian folk album Echoes from Iliria and she will appear with her husband and producer Robert Nolfe accompanying her on guitar. This promotional tour continues on June 2nd and June 3rd, with Simaku and Robert performing and autographing CD's at Borders in Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.

For more info visit:

http://www.worldmusiccentral.org/article.php/20060506191615463
www.simaku.com
www.myspace.com/simaku

For press inquiries or interviews please contact: press@muzarecords.com

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