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

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