All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2023. Hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy.
From the beginning, iLe has been in the spotlight. The singer, born Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, started out with the hip hop group Calle 13, one of the biggest bands in her native Puerto Rico. Ile’s 2016 solo debut earned her Grammy and Latin Grammy awards. Her next album earned a Grammy nomination and a collaboration with international pop superstar Bad Bunny. But last year, iLe earned a place in a lot of Austinites’ hearts by featuring on Boleros Psicodelicos, the phenomenal team up with Austin’s own Adrian Quesada.
All of these awards and collaborations prove something essential about iLe: she can do just about anything. Her own music blends her Puerto Rican roots with pop. With each song, iLe continues to transcend generation and genre.
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