Sofia Music Enterprises (SME) was founded in June 1991 by Dimitar Kovachev – Funky and Ivan Nestorov – Amebata. Within 25 years, Sofia Music Enterprises has brought to life more than 1000 concerts of world famous artists of various musical genres.
Highlights include pop artists like MADONNA, ELTON JOHN, STING, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, PETER GABRIEL, LADY GAGA, DEPECHE MODE, DURAN DURAN, SADE, TOM JONES and ROXETTE; rock monsters such as METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, ROGER WATERS' "THE WALL", JIMMY PAGE & ROBERT PLANT, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, and TOTO ; jazz and world music virtuoso artists such as JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, CHICK COREA, AL DI MEOLA, PACO DE LUCÍA, HERBIE HANCOCK; legendary songsmith BOB DYLAN; the show-stopping JEAN MICHEL JARRE and the wonders of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL among many others.
During these years Sofia Music Enterprises have enjoyed great success and an audience of over 2.5 million people.
Besides putting on large shows of international acts, the company has continually worked with and supported Bulgarian artists. We have organized concerts and tours at home and abroad for artists such as: Slavi Trifinov and Ku-Ku Band, Yulduz Ibrahimova, Kontrol, Atlas, Doni, Sleng, Te, Mastilo, Sonia Vassi, Milena, Signal, Shturcite, Ahat, Star Academy’s Talents, The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices and many more.
Sofia Music Enterprises founded the very first clubs for live rock music in Bulgaria.
In 1995, SME opened doors to the first live music club in Sofia – FUNKY'S PUB, where the careers of many modern Bulgarian bands started. Bands like BTR, D2, and Mary Boys Band took the stage at Funky’s Pub in these seminal days for Bulgaria’s live music scene. The success and creativity of these bands has carried over to 2012 and we believe it was fueled by these early live performances at Funky’s.
In February 1998 SME opened a newer, bigger, and more attractive club – Mr. PUNCH, which enjoyed great success for many years!In August of 2004 – doors opened to FUNKY'S MUSIC HALL – at the time, the ultimate venue for live music!
Many reknowned artist have taken the stage at these clubs, and have had the time of their lives. To mention a few: BIG JOE LOUIS & HIS BLUES KINGS, NYERS, RICK DELLARATTA, TAMBU, FRANCK AMSALLEM, SASKIA LAROO BAND, CHARLELIE, JAZZ BREAKERS, MUDDY SHOES, MIKE & THE BLUE SPIRITS, HOLLY SLATER, CARE BEARS, OJ BAND, PACO DE LUCÍA, STING, AL DI MEOLA, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, DAVID GARFIELD, MICHEL LAMBERT, TOTO, PAUL DI'ANNO and many more.
For a large number of years SME produced its own radio and TV show - Krechetalo (Noisemaker), which was broadcast on the Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio, NOVA TV, as well as on many cable networks and over national and regional radio stations.
Sofia Music Enterprises has been privileged to have the support of numerous Bulgarian and multinational companies. Working in close cooperation with such, we have organized promotional tours and corporate events for COCA-COLA, VIVACOM, MTEL, TUBORG, ZAGORKA, ROTHMANS, STELLA ARTOIS, GLOBUL, DSK Bank and SONY ERICSSON, UBB, NESCAFE, KAMENITZA, and CHIO among others.
The company continues to work with the most qualified and prestigious companies involved in the business of providing sound and lighting support in Bulgaria and Europe, as well as with sound-recording and television studios, providing indoor and outdoor stages, pyrotechnics, projector and LED screens, modern multimedia screens, and personal music equipment. SME could not have achieved all this success without the help of its dedicated team of professionals who with decades of experience in the entertainment industry could make any project come to life.
Sofia Music Enterprises is proud to be a long-term partner of and works exclusively with major world promoter LIVE NATION.