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

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