Ileana “iLe” Cabra knows her away around a romantic bolero, but that’s not the only body-rubbing music the Calle 13 vocalist’s got on her new solo album.
iLe’s latest tribute to vintage Latin style is the hot dance video for “Te Quiero con Bugalú.” The artful and sexy clip was directed by Kacho Lopez, known for beautifully framing the unexpected in his cinematic videos for Calle 13 (“Respira el Momento,” “Ojos Color sol,” “El Aguante”).
The video for “Te Quiero Con Bugalú,” the album’s second single, captures a couple “of a certain age” making love on a dance floor, referencing the abandon of the bugalú era. It’s a tribute to ageless music and ageless attraction. iLe is featured only at the end, the girl mopping up the mess on the floor of the bar after the party’s over.
With her recently released debut album, iLevitable, the 27-year-old performer has taken risks with a record that shuns current trends and remains true to her own tastes, referencing classic songs in a current way. Audiences searching for authenticity will no doubt find it watching her first U.S. concert Thursday night (July 7) at New York’s Highline Ballroom. She performs at SOB’s on Friday, at Philadelphia’s Nuevo Fest on July 10, and in Chicago’s Millennium Park on the July 14.