His song "Mambo #5 (A Little Bit Of...)" went to #3 in the U.S. charts in 1999. It was adopted as the theme for Channel 4's cricket coverage in the UK and was a number one in the hit parade in the UK.
His 2001 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, was a commercial flop.
Shares birthday with Ron Perlman.
His mother is Italian and his father is Ugandan.
Lou Bega Detailed Biography -
David Lubega (aka Lou Bega) (born April 13, 1975 in Munich) is a Latin pop musician famous for his song "Mambo No. 5". This song is a remake of the Perez Prado instrumental from 1952. Bega added new lyrics to the song and sampled the original version extensively.
Bega had a multicultural upbringing as his mother is Sicilian and his father is from Uganda. Bega spent time in Miami during his teenage years.
"Mambo No. 5" became an instant worldwide hit, charting in the top 5 across Europe and in the USA, where it became a popular stadium anthem at sports events. It was also used by the British television broadcaster, Channel 4 for their coverage of Test Match cricket between 1999 and 2005.
In 1999 he released the album A Little Bit Of Mambo which included Mambo No. 5 and the hits "1+1=2", "I Got a Girl" and "Tricky". He followed this up in 2001 with Ladies And Gentlemen.
He recorded the song "Baby Keep Smiling" with Compay Segundo.
In the video game Tropico, Lou Bega is listed as one of the possible set choices for the player to pick to be dictator.