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Kano was a post-disco music project formed in 1979 by Italian-based producers/musicians Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto. They were one of the first groups to usher in a style of dance music called Italo-Disco, a blend of 1970s disco and funk with more emphasis on synthesizers and other electronic instruments.
Kano's 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", "Now Baby Now" and the instrumental track "Cosmic Voyager". The b-side of "I'm Ready", "Holly Dolly" used similar production elements—extensive synth usage and percussive handclaps as well as raw-processed and vocoderized voices. "I'm Ready" was not only the song that started Italo-Disco, but it was also one of the songs that paved the way for the developing culture of Hip-Hop, as it became an American breakdance classic. It peaked at #21 on the U.S. Black Singles chart. "It's a War" along with the track. "Ahjia" were also big hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S., reaching #2 for five weeks Italy
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"). Both albums introduced Kano listeners to West Indian-born singer Glen White. Their last song was 1985's "This Is the Night".
"I'm Ready" was later used as a sample on a few songs, such as Gigolo Tony's 1986 hit "Hokie Pokie" and Rofo's 1987 hit "Flashlight In A Disconight. The most well-known use of it as a sample is on Tag Team's 1993 hit, "Whoomp! (There It Is)". "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. "Ikeya Seki" was sampled by the French electro house artist Kavinsky for his track "Grand Canyon", which appeared on his 2007 EP, 1986.