Presented by KEXP's El Sonido


Mar 15, 2023

12:00pm – 12:40pm CT

Radio Day Stage in Ballroom A

Puerto Rican star iLe has been nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY in the "Best Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album" category for her sophomore release, 'Almadura.' This follows her debut solo album 'iLevitable' which won a GRAMMY in 2017.

The most recent single is "Tu Rumba" which has an official video directed by Alejandro Pedrosa. The "Tu Rumba" video explores the sensual dances within the bomba music community, an integral element of Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. iLe describes the video as a "rhythmical mismatch in which two different rhythms are finding their own way to blend together." The video expresses a connection through the somewhat distant yet sensual aggressiveness that bomba music communicates through its own ancestral way of playing and dancing. It is a sort of flirtation between the reality and the imaginary.

'Almadura,' meaning "strong soul," is a Puerto Rican play on the word "armadura." The album was co-produced by her longtime partner Ismael Cancel and includes her siblings Milena Perez Joglar and Gabriel Cabra as creative directors. The 12 song album features the legendary pianist Eddie Palmieri as a special guest on the track "Déjame Decirte."

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