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

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