Lou Bega

Genres: Pop / Rock World
Tags: pop mambo dance latin 90s german Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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David Loubega, 13 April 1975, Munich, Germany. This global pop sensation brought some much needed style and humour to the charts in the summer of 1999 with his reworking of Perez Prado’s 1949 hit, ‘Mambo No. 5’. Bega’s Ugandan father went to Germany in the early 70s to study biochemistry, and stayed in the country after meeting his Sicilian wife in a youth hostel. Lou showed an early interest in soul music, but it was his discovery of Cuban mambo music while living in Miami that influenced his future musical direction. He adopted a distinctive visual image, part Cab Calloway and part Kid Creole, with his white suit, polka dot handkerchief, spats and Borsalino hat topped off by a snazzy pencil moustache. Bega subsequently signed to RCA Records and released his debut single, ‘Mambo No. 5’, a cartoonish update of the old Prado song. The single, with an irritatingly catchy chorus listing several of Bega’s ex-girlfriends, stayed at the...

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