Born David Lubega in Munich, Germany in April of 1975, Lou Bega is of Italian and Ugandan descent. Lou Bega started his musical career as a rapper- who would have thought- but discovered Latin music while living in Miami, where he found inspiration for his 1999 hit “Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit of…)” which became a surprise success. A remake of Perez Prado’s 1949 instrumental “Mambo No.5,” the single peaked at No. 1 in the UK and Germany.
It was released in the United States soon after President Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” scandal, and with lyrics like “a little bit of Monica in my life,” I’m willing to bet my teeth the song was not on the First Lady’s playlist, even though Lou mentions at least 9 women in the song including Jessica, Tina and Rita.
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Faded into obscurity
After the world got tired of Monica, Jessica and Rita, Lou Bega faded into obscurity but he went out kicking and screaming, releasing “Ladies and Gentlemen,” his second studio album in 2001 and “Lounatic” in 2005 which you might never have heard of had it not been for www.wedoitfortheloveofmusic.com. Lounatic failed to enter the charts. In 2010, he released his fourth studio album titled “Free Again” but it only charted in Switzerland at No.78, proving once and for all that Switzerland is neutral in everything, including bad music.
And because Lou Bega is a fighter, he released “A Little Bit of 80’s” in 2013, covering classic hits including The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” and Sade’s “Smooth Operator.” He is still available for corporate functions and should he release another studio album, there’s always Switzerland with its fine chocolate, cuckoo clocks and, of course, that neutrality.
Miami Based, Internationally Known