From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Kano was a post-disco music project formed in 1979 by Italian-based producers/musicians Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto who helped usher in a style of dance music called Italo-disco, a blend of 1970s disco and funk with the addition of synthesizers made by artists and producers in Italy.
Unofficially known for being one of the first dance groups and artists to bring a new instrumental trend of synthesizers and a module known as the Vocoder. This electronic device modulates synthesizer tones with a spoken human voice input through a microphone. Vocoders were also used extensively in televison - most notably in the Battleatar Galactica sci-fi series to produce the Cylon troopers' voice effects. The Vocoder was made even more famous in the record industry R&B world by the late Roger Troutman who formed the group Zapp) into the pop and disco mainstream, their revolutionary sound was first heard on radio stations and in dance clubs around the world with their debut hit single, 1980's "I'm Ready", from their self-titled debut album (which also included the minor hits, "It's a War" and the overlooked instrumental track "Cosmic Voyager").
It not only started Italo-Disco, but also helped paved the way for the growth of hip-hop culture, as "I'm Ready" became an instant breakdance classic. "I'm Ready" peaked at #21 on the Black Singles chart.
The project went on to record two other albums, including 1981's "New York Cake" (which included the minor hits "Don't Try to Stop Me", and "Can't Hold Back") and 1983's "Another Life" (including the title track and "I Need Love") which introduced West Indian-born singer Glen White. Their last song was 1985's "This Is the Night".
"Another Life" was remixed by Master Blaster featuring in their 2003 album "We Love Italo Disco". "Another Life" was also sampled in the 2005 track "Discopolis" by Lifelike & Kris Menace.
- "I'm Ready"
- "It's a War"
- "Now Baby Now"
- "Cosmic Voyager"
- "Baby Not Tonight"
- "Don't Try to Stop Me"
- "Can't Hold Back (Your Lovin')"
- "Another Life"
- "I Need Love"
- "China Star"
- "Ikeya Seki"
- "Queen of Witches"
- "This Is the Night"
- "Another Life (Remix '91)"
- "Another Life 2000"
- 1981: Kano – Black Albums: #26
- 1982: New York Cake – Black Albums: #53, Pop Albums: #189
- 1983: Another Life
- 1990: Greatest Hits