"Ornatos Violeta" were a Portuguese alternative rock group whose music included some other influences, such as jazz and ska. The band was formed in the city of Oporto.
With Manel Cruz (voices), Nuno Prata (bass), Peixe (guitar), Kinörn (drums) and Elísio Donas (keyboard) and only two albums, they quickly became a reference in Portuguese music of the end of the 90's, though the most successful part of their career lasted only for three years, ending when its members split up.
In 1997 they composed "''Cão!"'' (Dog!) their first album - which included the song ''Letra S'' a duet with Manuela Azevedo, the voice of Clã (another successful Portuguese band) - an album where for the first time did the group shown that was keen to explore a mixed sound, with Cruz's unique writing style, much to their fan's, and most of the national musical reviewer's, delight.
In the following year, during the Expo 98 they collaborated in the compilation ''Tejo Beat'' in which participated also Boss AC, Blasted Mechanism, Zen and Flood with the song ''Tempo de Nascer''.