Ileana Cabra only released her arresting debut album, the Grammy Award-winning “iLevitable,” in 2016, but she’s no newcomer to music.
As the younger sister of Calle 13’s Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra Martínez and Rene “Residente ” Pérez Joglar, she spent a decade performing — under the stage name PG-13 — with that immensely popular Puerto Rican band.
On her own as iLe, the 28-year-old vocalist turns away from Calle 13’s infectious blend of hip-hop, reggaeton, rock, folk and electronica to embrace such Latin styles as bolero, trova, mambo and boogaloo.
Her often understated singing is wonderfully nuanced, while her affinity for weathered music traditions suggests she’s an old soul in a Millennial’s body.
Ile, with Todo Mundo: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Music Box, 337 India St., San Diego. $32 (advance); $42 (day of show); must be 21 or older to attend. (619) 795-1337 or musicboxsd.com/ile