ERA – Ameno
Era (styled as +eRa+) is a New Age music project by French composer Eric Lévi. The band has sold more than 12 million albums.
They use lyrics (by Guy Protheroe) which although similar to Greek or Latin are in fact deliberately devoid of any exact meaning. They are best known for their singles “Ameno” and “Madona”.
Era mixes Gregorian chants and occasionally world music with contemporary electronic arrangements. It is reminiscent of New Age music projects such as Enigma, Gregorian, and Deep Forest.
Lyrics are written in Pseudo-Latin and English, and some are based on beliefs of the 13th century French Christian sect, the Cathars.
Era’s live shows and music videos often feature artists dressed in medieval or traditional clothes and armour. Usually, actors Pierre Bouisierie and Irene Bustamante perform at Era shows.
Most Era songs are in Pseudo-Latin and others are in Latin. They also have some songs in English such as “Mother” and “Looking For Something”.
Use of Era music
Eric Levi composed the soundtrack for the French comedy film Les Visiteurs (1993) and Les Visiteurs II (1998). The film score would later become part of an Era album.
The song “Divano” was part of the soundtrack of the Brazilian telenovela “Um Anjo Caiu do Céu” (2001). The song “I Believe” was recorded as a duet by Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli. It was released on both Jenkins’s 2009 album Believe and Bocelli’s 2009 album My Christmas.
Era is famous among mixed martial arts fans due to “Enae Volare Mezzo” being the theme song of Fedor Emelianenko.”Ameno” is used by Fedor’s younger brother, Aleksander Emelianenko and used by Mexican wrestler Myzteziz “Mother” was used in Sylvester Stallone’s sports drama Driven.
The song “Ameno” is used by multiple twitch.tv streamers and YouTubers as a mean of good luck and hope when playing games like Counter Strike Global Offensive and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
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