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Aguilera to release Spanish-language album featuring new material and translations of songs from her self-titled hit album.

Pop singer Christina Aguilera, whose "Genio Atrapado" (a version of her megahit "Genie in a Bottle") is nominated for a Latin Grammy, will release her first Spanish-language album Sept. 12. Produced by Cuban-American Rudy Pérez, the album, tentatively titled Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), will feature 12 songs, including translations of such numbers from her 6 million-selling Christina Aguilera album as "Genie in a Bottle" and "So Emotional" ("Tan Emocional"), as well as several new compositions. The album also will feature a duet with young Puerto Rico-born singer Luis Fonsi. ...

Nydia Rojas, nominated for Best Ranchero Performance in the Latin Grammys, has been added to the U.S. tour of Mexican ranchero superstar Juan Gabriel and popster countrywoman Ana Gabriel. The tour kicks off Sept. 30 in San Jose, Calif. ...

Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour, whose album Joko (From Village to Town) was issued on Sony Globetrotter July 4, is set to sign a deal with the Nonesuch label and release Joko (The Link) on Sept. 12. The Nonesuch album will consist of cuts from the Globetrotter disc, along with new material. A U.S. tour is also in the works. ...

Ska pioneers Carlos Malcolm and His Afro-Jamaican Rhythms, best known for their instrumental version of the "Bonanza" TV show theme in the early 1960s, will be presented with a Lifetime Award for Musical Achievement on Aug. 7 by Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson. The band's seminal Skamania album will be reissued by Rough Stuff in August, too. ...

Black Uhuru, Maxi Priest and Toots and the Maytals are among the 15 artists who have contributed new tracks to Reggae Blitz Allstars (Music Blitz), a compilation assembled by "Native" Wayne Jobson. The album, due Tuesday (July 11), also will include fresh performances from toaster Yellowman and dancehall star Shabba Ranks. ...

Miami Sound Machine, the mid-'80s band that launched Gloria Estefan with such hits as "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," will release a new album, MSM, in September on Sony Discos, the news agency EFE reported. The reformulated group will feature "a new generation of Miami musicians," said Emilio Estefan Jr., creator, producer and sometime member of the original Latin-pop crossover band. Included among the six vocalists replacing Emilio's wife, Gloria Estefan, is Tati Blades, the 16-year-old daughter of producer Roberto Blades and niece of salsa performer Rubén Blades. ... The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will honor Emilio Estefan Jr. as Person of the Year during a tribute dinner and concert Sept. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The tribute, recognizing Estefan's professional and philanthropic accomplishments, is the first of its kind to be bestowed by the Latin Academy. ...

Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfumo has had two songs from his new album Chimurenga Explosion effectively banned in his homeland. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation refuses to play "Disaster" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Mamvemne" (RealAudio excerpt) because of their condemnation of President Mugabe's policies. Mapfumo begins a North American tour July 13 in New York. ...

Googoosh, the reclusive queen of Iranian pop, has announced an international tour. The shows will be her first public performances since 1979, when Iran's Islamic revolution brought religious fundamentalists to power. The singer, who still sells more records in her native land than any other artist, will hit the road July 29 in Toronto. Other dates in Europe, Azerbaijan and Morocco are planned, with U.S. dates possible. ...

Chilean rock band La Ley's lead singer, Beto, Colombian dance-rockers Aterciopelados' Hector Buitrago and Andrea Echeverri and Mexican singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas will participate in the Latin Alternative Music Conference's Writers-in-the-Round showcase Aug. 14 in New York at a venue to be announced. Mexican rock-hoppers Molotov will headline the conference's Watcha showcase later the same day at Irving Plaza. ...

Reggae Sumfest will take place July 30–Aug. 6 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The nightly lineups, which encompass roots reggae and dancehall, include Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Britain's Steel Pulse, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Third World, Luciano, Shaggy and the legendary Bunny Wailer. ...

Dancehall superstar Shaggy will release Hot Shot next month on MCA. The record, which is produced by Rob Livingston and the hit-making team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, will include "Hope," featured on the soundtrack of the Kevin Costner film "Love of the Game," as well as "Luv Me Luv Me," which Janet Jackson sang for the movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." ...

— sonicnet.com staff report