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

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