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iLe, with Calle 13 under her belt, is happy to pursue solo career

iLe, as Calle 13 veteran Ileana Cabra is known, is thriving as a solo artist who has a deep affinity for traditional Latin-music styles.
( EFE/Alejandro Pedro)

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.

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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

george.varga@sduniontribune.com

Twitter @georgevarga


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