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The Visitors...

Koto is an Italian group originally composed of Anfrando Maiola, Stefano Cundari and Alessandro Zanni.

Group which released a first single "Chinese revenge" in 1982, single which will go somewhat unnoticed. This does not prevent Cundari and Zanni from creating their own label Memory Records and releasing the title a year later in 1983. And this time, the title will not go unnoticed and will be a hit all over Europe ...

1983 saw him hit a string of hits with the release of a second hit single "Japanese war game".

A confirmed success and above all greatly amplified 2 years later with what will remain as their biggest record success, namely the enormous "Visitors". They will deliver here one of the reference titles of the Italo Disco wave and become de facto one of the flagship groups of the moment.

As if that weren't enough, they put it back a year later in 1986 with another exceptional title "Jabdah". In just 2 years, they will have signed 2 of the biggest Italo Disco titles of the decade, just that ! And have even invented a new dance style that we will call Space Disco ...

A huge feat that they will be unable to reproduce afterwards despite the release of several titles in the years that will follow. The Dutchman Michiel Van Der Kuy - at the origin of the LaserDance group - will try to relaunch the ship in the early 90s. But nothing will change and the group will gradually disappear from the radar and almost permanently ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Chinese revenge 1982

  • Japanese war game 1983

  • Visitors 1985

  • Jabdah 1986

  • The koto mix 1987

  • Dragon’s legend 1988

  • Time 1989

  • Champion’s cue 1990

  • Mechanic sense 1992

  • Mind machine 1992


Clips :

1982 ... a first title which will go somewhat unnoticed. At least this year. Because it will come out the following year and will experience a much more favorable level of success ...

1983 ... for the moment, nothing exceptional but a good job, quite simply. Good quality Italo Disco but average we would say ...

1985 ... then THIS title comes ! It took them 2 more years to finally find the level of inspiration that will make all the difference. They sign here quite simply one of the biggest Italo Disco hits of the decade and become de facto one of the phenomena of the moment in this field

1986 ... as if that were not enough, they put the cover back a year later with this title ! In just 2 titles, they will have become one of the major groups of this movement and at the same time offer themselves a place of choice in the musical Pantheon of the 80s. MAS-TER-FUL !

1987 ... it is clear that once you have touched the top of the mountain, you can only go back down. Unfortunately, this is what the group will learn at its expense ...

1988 ... yet what they continue to produce is far from unworthy, that's for sure. But the Italo Disco phenomenon is declining and must now fade in favor of new dance trends. Hard law of the trade ...

1989 ... and the more the years go by, the more the fall is accentuated. They may try everything, unfortunately nothing will. When it doesn't want anymore, it doesn't want anymore ...

1990 ... they will push until the decade 90 but they are now doing more some figuration than anything else. Without a change of tone as soon as possible, the case will be definitively folded ...

1992 ... and changing the captain of the boat will unfortunately not prevent the sinking. It must be said that stories without words have their limits...especially at the level of pure and hard Dance

1992 ... a last title to bow out and close an adventure which nevertheless allowed them to produce 2 anthology titles on the Dancefloor side. Not bad already, no ...?


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