Kano (band)

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OriginItaly Italy
GenresItalo disco, synthpop
Years active1979–1984
LabelsEmergency, Full Time Records, IF Records
Past membersLuciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga, Matteo Bonsanto, Glen White

Kano was an Italo disco music project formed in Milan, Italy in 1979 by producers/musicians Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga [it] and Matteo Bonsanto.


Kano's debut single was the 1980 international hit "I'm Ready", combining elements of 1970s disco, funk and R&B while extensively using synthesizers and percussive handclaps as well as raw-processed and vocoderized vocals. Kano's self-titled debut album also included "It's a War", "Ahjia", "Now Baby Now" and the instrumental track "Cosmic Voyager". "I'm Ready" peaked at #21 on the U.S. Black Singles chart, while "It's a War" and "Ahjia" were also big hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S., reaching #2 for five weeks.[1]

The project went on to record two other albums, including 1981's New York Cake (which included the minor hits "She's A Star", "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".

Use in other Media[edit]

"I'm Ready" was later used as a sample[citation needed] on a few songs, such as Gigolo Tony's 1986 hit "Hoki Poki" and Rofo's 1983 hit "Flashlight On a Disconight". The most well-known use of it as a sample is on Tag Team's 1993 hit, "Whoomp! (There It Is)". "Now Baby Now" was sampled by house artist Felix Da Housecat for his track "Glitz Rock" which appeared on the 2001 album Kittenz and Thee Glitz. "Another Life" was remixed by Master Blaster which features on 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 French electro house artist Kavinsky for his track "Grand Canyon", which appeared on his 2007 EP, 1986. Finnish rapper Petri Nygård sampled "Ahjia" on his 2009 song "Kotibileet". An arpeggio from "Another Life" was sampled in the 2011 single "Reaching Out" by Nero.

"I'm Ready" was used as an intro/outro theme in the TV interstitial "TV PIXxxx" on WPIX-TV Channel 11, New York City.



Year Name US US
1979 "It's a War"
1980 "Now Baby Now"
"Cosmic Voyager"
1981 "I'm Ready" 21
"Baby Not Tonight" 3
1982 "Don't Try to Stop Me"
"Can't Hold Back (Your Lovin')" 89 35
1983 "Another Life" 23 10 8
"Queen of Witches" 64
"Baby Not Tonight" 29 8
"I Need Love"
"China Star"
"Ikeya Seki"
"This Is the Night"


Studio albums
Year Album Label US US
1980 Kano Emergency United States, Full Time Italy 26
1981 New York Cake 189 53
1983 Another Life TELDEC Germany, Full Time Italy
Compilation albums
Year Album Label
1983 The Best of Kano Teldec Germany, Full Time Italy
1990 Greatest Hits Unidisc Canada
1993 All The Best - The Long Versions Arcade, Mint Records Europe
2018 Queen Of Witches (The 12” Collection) VR Records Europe


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 142.

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