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

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