International Beat: Madonna, Oliver Mtukudzi, Brujeria ...

Madonna to perform soccer anthems; Oliver Mtukudzi begins U.S. tour; Brujeria appear on Spanglish 101.

Madonna will endear herself to millions of Brazilians when she performs some of that country's more popular soccer anthems for the movie "Alegria — Paixo do Futebol" (Joy — The Passion for Football), which celebrates the national game. The Material Girl will record two songs for the soundtrack, covering Caetano Veloso's "Algeria Algeria" (Joy Joy) and Gilberto Gil's "Aquele Abrao" (That Hug) in English translations, according to producer Sidnei Loureiro. …

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe's best-selling artist, returns to the United States for another tour, following last year's successful Africa Fête outing. Mtukudzi, who released Paivepo last month, begins his trek Aug. 31 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and winds it up 12 dates later, on Sept. 23, at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. …

Former Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has established Kool Arrow Records along with Raymond Herrera and Dino Cazares of Fear Factory and Juan Brujo from Mexican metal monsters Brujeria in order to release records by overlooked international artists. The label's first release is Spanglish 101, an anthology of bands performing in both Spanish and English. Featured artists include Puerto Rican metal band Puya, Mexican hip-hop crew Control Machete, Aztlan Underground and Brujeria. ...

Buena Vista Social Club members Rubén González (piano), Omara Portuondo (vocals), Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals) and 90-year-old guitarist/vocalist Compay Segundo played their first public concert together in their homeland on Friday (Aug. 11). The musicians played two invitation-only shows in Cuba last year, but this was their first open to the general public, with tickets priced at 50 cents for Cubans and $10 for foreigners. The collective will travel next to Japan and Latin America. ...

Santana's July 29 New York concert is being cybercast on demand at starmedia.com. The two-hour set by Supernatural guitarist Carlos Santana and his band features guests the Product G&B, Macy Gray ("Supernatural Thing") and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas ("Smooth" and "Dame Tu Amor"). ...

Fiesta Caliente, the annual Latin music festival held Aug. 25–26 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., will feature salsa stars. The first night, veteran Puerto Rico singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and his protégé, Victor Manuelle, will perform; Tito Rojas, El Gallo Salsero (The Salsa Rooster) and Puerto Rico-born, Bronx-bred salsa "princess" La India will appear the following evening. ...

Ariwa Sounds, the label owned by English reggae producer Mad Professor (born Neil Fraser), has signed a U.S. distribution deal with Washington, D.C.'s Beatville Records. Techno Party, the new album from the Jamaican producer and artist Lee "Scratch" Perry, will be among the arrangement's first releases. Perry worked extensively with the young Bob Marley and the Wailers and produced bands such as the Congos and the Upsetters. ...

The late, great timbalero Tito Puente will be celebrated Sept. 9 at the 25th New York Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden. Pianist Eddie Palmieri, who collaborated with Puente on the current Obra Maestra (Masterpiece), and the Tito Puente Orchestra will be joined by guests including salsa greats Oscar D'Leon, Domingo Quínones and Tito Nieves, as well as pop/salsa quartet Son by Four. ...

The 17th annual Reggae on the River Festival took place in Piercy, Calif., Aug. 4–6. A capacity crowd of 15,000 saw performances by Bunny Wailer, veteran singer Jimmy Cliff and Toots & the Maytals, all from Jamaica. In line with the fest's theme, the African diaspora, acts included up-and-coming Nigerian star Femi Kuti and his band, the Positive Force, Ghanaian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni and Senegalese hip-hoppers Positive Black Soul. "The vibe was incredibly peaceful," Dawuni said. "All these people enjoying themselves and the music. It was unity." ...

Puerto Rican vocal quartet Son by Four, Spanish crossover star Enrique Iglesias, Colombian actor-turned-singer Carlos Vives and Mexico pop singer Luis Miguel each received four nominations for the second annual Ritmo Latino Awards Premio de la Gente (Awards of the People), based on sales over the past year. Iglesias and Miguel will vie with Puerto Rico's Chayanne, Mexican rockeros Maná and the Tex-Mex A.B. Quintanilla y los Kumbia Kings for the Artist of the Year honor. Fans can vote at the outlets of Ritmo Latino, which has 19 music stores in California and one in Chicago, and at Vons supermarkets until Sept. 12 for the awards, which will be handed out Oct. 19 in a ceremony at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif. ...

*NSync and Britney Spears will be among the nearly 100 acts to perform at the third Rock in Rio festival, scheduled for Jan. 12–21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian acts Fernanda Abreu, Pato Fu and Funk 'N Lata have also been confirmed. ...

It looks as if Japan also caught the Cuban jazz fever that swept across the United States after the documentary "Buena Vista Social Club" was released last year. Guitarist Eliades Ochoa, singer Ibrahim Ferrer, pianist Ruben Gonzales and singer Omara Portuondo are all scheduled to perform there before the end of the summer. Juan De Marcos Gonzales' Afro-Cuban Allstars will also head east for a tour starting in October. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report