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Lou Bega

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Like the Afro-Cuban and mambo music that inspires his music, Lou Bega (David Loubega) is a hybrid, born and raised in Germany as the son of a Sicilian mother and Ugandan father. He sang and danced as a child, listened to R&B and reggae as a teenager, and was in a rap group, but a trip to Miami as an 18-year-old acquainted him with the songs of the mambo kings of the '30s and '40s. Fascinated by mambo's sounds and stylish fashions, Bega returned to Germany and created his own version of the music. The result was the single "Mambo No. 5," an animated update of Pérez Prado's original that went double platinum in Germany in the summer of 1999 and soon became a global hit. It went to number one in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and England. In the U.S., it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year, Bega's full-length debut, A Little Bit of Mambo, met similar success. Subsequent albums, including Ladies & Gentlemen (2001), Lounatic (2006), and Free Again (2010), didn't fare nearly as well on a commercial level. Despite the dip in popularity, Bega continued to tour regularly. His fifth album, A Little Bit of 80s, featured covers of Sade's "Smooth Operator," Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," and Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen." ~ Heather Phares & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Lou Bega

    WTF

    WTF
    1 song

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    1 song

Albums by
Lou Bega

Top Songs by
Lou Bega

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...)
  3.   Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)
  4.   Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of) by DJ Ötzi
  5.   1+1=2
  6.   Mambo Mambo
  7.   Behind Stage
  8.   Icecream
  9.   Most Expensive Girl in the World
  10.   Yeah Yeah
  11.   Can I Tico Tico You
  12.   Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) [From "Iron Man 3"]
  13.   Lucky Punch
  14.   My Answering Machine
  15.   Lady
  16.   Money
  17.   Club Elitaire
  18.   Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
  19.   Tricky, Tricky
  20.   I Got a Girl
  21.   Chocolata
  22.   Baby Keep Smiling
  23.   Don't Turn Around
  24.   Club Tropicana
  25.   Karma Chameleon
  26.   Physical
  27.   Gimme Hope Jo'Anna
  28.   Smooth Operator
  29.   Come On Eileen
  30.   Give It Up
  31.   It's Christmas Time
  32.   Conchita featuring Cuba Percussion
  33.   Bachata
  34.   You Wanna Be Americano
  35.   Get Better
  36.   Angelina
  37.   People Lovin' Me
  38.   Gentleman (Latin Version)
  39.   Beauty on the TV Screen
  40.   I Got Style
  41.   The Trumpet, Pt. 2
  42.   Red Red Wine
  43.   Vamos A La Playa
  44.   So Excited
  45.   Sunshine Reggae
  46.   Boyfriend
  47.   Thank You
  48.   Someday
  49.   Dance Like an African
  50.   My Mama
  51.   Pussycat
  52.   Mambo vs. Mozart by Klazz Brothers
  53.   Lonely
  54.   Shit Happens
  55.   Crash
  56.   Calling Her
  57.   You Are My Sunshine
  58.   Lou's Café
  59.   Call Your Name
  60.   God Is a Woman

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