International Beat: Los Tigres Del Norte, Gloria Estefan, Jose Jose …

Calling Latin Grammys an 'Estefan event,' Los Tigres del Norte's label to boycott ceremony.

Fonovisa, the Van Nuys, Calif., record label whose roster features some of the top names in regional Mexican music, is none too happy with the Latin Grammy Awards, to take place Sept. 13 in Los Angeles. “This is a party between Emilio Estefan and Sony,” Fonovisa general manager Gilberto Moreno said Tuesday in the newspaper La Opinión. “This is an Estefan event and we don’t want to take our artists to a show like this.” Fonovisa artists Los Tigres del Norte, Los Temerarios, Conjunto Primavera, Ana Bárbara and Los Guardianes del Amor are nominated for Latin Grammys, but none is scheduled to perform, unlike Sony Music acts Son by Four, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. …

Singers Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Carlos Ponce, Shakira, Thalía, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Celia Cruz and Charlie Zaa will perform Sept. 11 at a black-tie gala tribute to producer Emilio Estefan Jr. at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Estefan, the music mogul who will be up for six awards at the inaugural Latin Grammys, to be held two days later, is being honored as the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) Person of the Year. …

José José, the Mexican pop singer who has become known as the “Príncipe de la Cancion” (Prince of Song) over his 37-year career, is recording his first album con mariachi with singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel producing. A recovering alcoholic in declining health, José said that he has been waiting 15 years to make the ranchera album, which will be released in February. … Meanwhile, a judge in Juárez, Mexico, denied an appeal by Gabriel and authorized the seizure of two of the musician’s houses to satisfy tax liens. Gabriel has amassed a debt that, with interest, tops 114 million pesos ($12 million). …

Young Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul, the first reggae artist to have two singles on Billboard‘s R&B chart simultaneously, will undertake a U.S. tour in September. Paul, whose “Hot Gal Today” is included on the soundtrack to the movie “Shaft,” opens his 10-date East Coast trek Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla. …

Because of immigration problems, Morocco’s Master Musicians of Jajouka have been forced to cancel a seven-date U.S. tour in support of their eponymous new release, produced by Asian Underground star Talvin Singh. … On Sept. 26 Scottish band Capercaillie, fronted by vocalist Karen Matheson, will release their 11th album, Nadurra (Naturally), through Valley Entertainment. It will be their first disc of new material since 1997′s Beautiful Wasteland. The band will tour the United States early next year. …

Boy bands Son by Four and *NSync will duet Sept. 13 at the Latin Grammy Awards, according to Billboard. *NSync, whose album No Strings Attached has sold more than 9 million copies, will reportedly do some singing in English when they join the salsa/R&B quartet Son by Four, who top the magazine’s Latin 50 albums and Hot Latin Tracks charts. Billboard also reports that Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Ricky Martin will perform on the bilingual telecast, and Carlos Santana will pair with Mexican rockeros Maná. In addition, co-host Jennifer Lopez will sing with Marc Anthony on their Grammy-nominated duet, “No Me Ames” (RealAudio excerpt), and Celia Cruz will appear as part of a tribute to the late Tito Puente. …

Tom Tom Club, the band founded in 1981 by Talking Heads rhythm section Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, will release The Good the Bad and the Funky, their first album in eight years, on Sept. 12. The record will include a cover of “Soul Fire” by Jamaican wild man Lee Perry, as well as Donna Summer‘s proto-disco classic “Love To Love You Baby.” Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals joins in on the ska tune “Dangerous Dub.” …

Acclaimed young Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddler Ashley MacIsaac did little to counter his erratic reputation when he took part in an Internet chat Wednesday (Aug. 23). At one point MacIsaac, who lost bookings following a concert where he screamed profanities and racial slurs at a Canadian audience for 20 minutes, typed, “What do people think of ni–ers?” as an alleged test of censoring software. In the past, MacIsaac has lifted his kilt on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” punched a former manager’s wife and revealed a crack cocaine habit. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. According to the chat, MacIsaac plans to release a Christmas album this fall. …

Pop superstar Christina Aguilera will release her debut Spanish-language album, Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), on Sept. 12. The album will feature several remakes of Aguilera’s English-language hits, including the currently released singles “Por Siempre Tú” (a version of “I Turn to You”) and “Ven Conmigo” (Come On Over), as well as a duet with hot young Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido” (If I Hadn’t Known You) and a version of the classic bolero “Contigo en la Distancia” (With You in the Distance). Veteran Latin producer Rudy Perez (Luis Miguel, Jaci Velásquez) offered both musical and linguistic assistance to Aguilera, whose father is from Ecuador but who does not speak Spanish. …

French percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, who release Silence (Naive) on Sept. 12, undertake a 37-date U.S. tour in October and November. The 20-person band, who use pickax handles on oil drums as percussion instruments, begin their tour Oct. 6 in Chico, Calif., and conclude it Nov. 22 in Sarasota, Fla. …

Legendary music executive Clive Davis, who was forced from his position as president and chief executive officer of Arista Records earlier this year, has founded a new record label with Arista’s parent company, BMG Entertainment. The new venture, to be known as J Records, will be an “instant major label,” according to a statement released Thursday (Aug. 24) by BMG. Davis and BMG have not yet announced which artists will be part of J Records’ roster. Davis, who signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith during his nearly 40-year career, most recently spearheaded Santana‘s comeback with the blockbuster album Supernatural.

— sonicnet.com staff report