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

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