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Nacional Records, Nettwerk join forces in new venture

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 11, 2006

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Tomas Cookman 

Tomas Cookman, president, Nacional Records and Cookman International

Photo: Nacional Records

Latin-alternative label Nacional Records and Nettwerk Music Group established Canciones Nacionales Music Publishing, a joint venture designed to increase artist opportunities and strengthen their respective niches. Initial signings include Tijuana-based electronic band Nortec Collective and Mexican singer Sara Valenzuela. As part of the agreement, Nettwerk will represent Nacional for film and television placements and release select Nacional titles in Europe via Nettwerk Europe.

The strategic partnership between Nettwerk and Nacional also extends into film and television, with Nettwerk providing placement services for Nacional acts Nortec Collective, The Pinker Tones, and Sara Valenzuela.   Select titles from Nacional will also be released in Europe via Nettwerk, including the planned European summer releases of Nortec Collective “Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3” and Panoptica “Ahora Yo a Ti.”

“Nettwerk One is tremendously excited to be working with the similarly structured management,label, and publishing company Cookman International,” said Mark Jowett, vice president, International A&R/Publishing.  “It has quickly demonstrated a brilliant knack for finding and developing awesome, progressive Latin Music.  Nettwerk One believes that together we can expose some incredible Latin talent in the U.S., Canada and abroad, including the Nortec Collective and many other great Latin artists to come.”

“We’re very excited about working closely with Nettwerk in so many different capacities.  As an artist manager and label owner, there are many parallels between my own company and that of Nettwerk,” said Tomas Cookman, president, Nacional Records and Cookman International. 

Nacional Records is distributed in the United States by ADA/Warner Music and based in N. Hollywood, California. Nacional released the Grammy-nominated solo debut from Aterciopelados frontwoman Andrea Echeverri and the Nortec Collective album “Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3.”  In addition, Cookman International has managed Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Nortec Collective, Aterciopelados, and La Ley. More information on Nacional Records is available online at

Nettwerk Music Group is one of Canada’s leading privately owned record labels and artist management companies with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Nashville, London and the main office in Vancouver, B.C.  Nettwerk is the label home for Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, the Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Ivy and Latin Alternative stars Kinky. More information on Nettwerk is available online at

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