El Duende is a creature of pure inspiration, the agent of a passing moment of brilliance which can only be perceived and captured in the art it inspires. It is said that when a singer or a dancer performs with a passion beyond the realm of his experience, he has been visited by el duende, who has entered him like a vision from beyond this time and place. El Duende has created a blend that merges their love of rock music with the older, ancestral strain of Spanish music. It is wholly original and combines Latin percussive rhythms with guitars that move from simple grace to jarring discordance. The band was voted best World Beat group at the annual Jammy awards in 1995 and lead singer Oscar Herrera was nominated for best male vocalist. In August of 1996, the band was one of three bands featured in a three part special on Latin Rock that was televised on Telemundo's Channel 51. That same year, Oscar was included in a back-to-school campaign for Burdines, the local department store chain, that included radio, television and print advertising. The band was also featured in Burdines' radio campaign. In October of 1996, El Duende signed to 'Cane Records, The University of Miami label. The band released their debut album in April, 1997. The C.D. was produced by Mike Couzzi. Billboard magazine also featured the band in the Continental Drift column in the November 16th, 1996 issue, and invited the band to showcase at the 1997 Latin Music Conference. In September of that year, El Duende was chosen to showcase at MIDEM, the annual, international music conference that was held in Miami for the first time. In 1998 the band was invited to perform at the NEMO Music Conference in Boston in January, at the Nashville Music Extravaganza in February and at the LMNOP Music Conference in New Orleans in April. They also had a successful concert in Mexico City in March, their first international show. Lufthansa Airlines selected the song 'Sáname' for their in-flight listening program for the Latin selections. It was played in the months of November and December of 1998. El Duende was nominated in 1999 for best Rock en Español band at the annual Jammy Awards. Their song 'La Puerta' was a featured selection for two weeks at the Rock en Español site at MP3.com where it reached number five on the download list. In September, the band released their second CD 'Jamás Me Dormire' available exclusively on mp3.com. For several days, the songs 'Almas en Ruina', La Cruz/Europa', 'Una Muerte Espectacular' and 'Envidia' were in the top four in downloads. 'Almas en Ruina' was at number one and 'La Cruz/Europa' was at number two.