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

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