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

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