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Singer-songwriter Ileana Cabra Joglar, better known as iLe, is no stranger to transformation. She rose to fame as part of the musically omnivorous Puerto Rican hip-hop group Calle 13, performing under the name “PG-13.” One of the most prominent Spanish-language groups of the last decade, Calle 13 won three Grammy Awards and 24 Latin Grammys—the most earned by a single act to date. In 2016, the artist reemerged as iLe with the release of her solo debut album, iLevitable, a bravura survey of traditional Latin forms. The album—filled with timeless boleros and folk-inspired songs—earned her a Grammy and prompted NPR to deem her “a first-class interpreter of the classic sounds that flow through Latin America.” In 2019 she shed her skin once again with the intimate sophomore album Almadura, featuring legendary pianist Eddie Palmieri. Simultaneously an ode to Puerto Rico and a call for political action, it reveals an artist upending old assumptions and unafraid to share a wealth of emotion. iLe collaborated with Residente and Bad Bunny on the protest song “Afilando Los Cuchillos” (“Sharpening the Knives”) this past July, which garnered 2.5 million views on YouTube within a day of its release. Fresh off this incendiary success, iLe celebrates her American Songbook debut with a varied tapestry of songs that expose the poetry and strength of this multilingual, multitalented star.
“A first-class interpreter of the classic sounds that flow through Latin America.”– NPR
“Yes, she has the prowess to imitate the Gloria Mirabals of the past, but more impressively, she knows how to emote the pain and yearning of forgotten balladeers.”– Remezcla
“When she uses the haunting, spectral qualities of her voice to examine deep-seated worries and angst, the album feels like a genuine piece of artistry.”– Remezcla on Almadura