Capital: € 8 million
Age: 45
Born: April 13, 1975
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Singer
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

Lou Bega (real name David Lubega; born on April 13, 1975 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany) is a musician from Germany of Ugandan-Italian origin. Well known for the song Mambo No. 5, a remake of Perez Prado’s instrumental work composed in 1949. Lou Bega added his own lyrics to the music.

Early life

Lou Bega’s mother was born in Calabria (southern Italy) and her father came to Germany from Uganda in 1972 to study biology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Until he was six, David spent most of his time in Italy with his mother. Then they moved permanently to Munich, where the boy attended a German primary school. At 15, he lived in Miami for one and a half years and spent six months in Uganda. He currently lives in Berlin.


Lou Bega started his musical career as a rapper. At the age of 13, he founded a hip-hop group with two friends and released a CD two years later. During her stay in Miami, Bega discovered Latin American music. When he returned to Germany, local producers Goar Biesenkamp (better known as Goar B) and Achim Kleist (Syndicate Musicproduction) recognized his talent. Bega signed a contract with the record company Lautstark.

His first single “Mambo No. 5 “immediately became popular all over the world and took first place in the charts of most European countries, including Germany, England and France, and third place in the USA. In France, the single took first place for 20 weeks, which is still an unbeatable record.

On July 19, 1999 Lou Bega released the album A Little Bit of Mambo. He took 3rd place in the USA, but in Germany, Austria, Canada, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland and the Middle East he took 1st place in the charts. The next single, “I Got a Girl”, reached the top ten in several European countries, including France, Finland and Belgium.

Lou Begi’s second studio album, Ladies and Gentlemen, was released on May 28, 2001. Neither the album itself nor its individual songs received the commercial success that A Little Bit of Mambo had. The new album recorded the song “Baby Keep Smiling”, performed by a duet with Compai Segundo, a member of the Buena Vista Social Club project (the same song sounded without him on the A Little Bit of Mambo album). Lou Bega also recorded a cover version of the famous song “Just a Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody” on the CD Ladies and Gentlemen.

Lou Bega is also a character in the computer games Tropico and Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book Rhythm n ‘Groove. Lou Bega composed the song for the French animated series Marsupilami. In spring 2010 Lou Bega released the album Free Again.

In 2019, in honor of the 20th anniversary of his creative work, Lou published a dedication to Scatman John under the name “Scatman & Hatman”, which embodies the unrealized dream of co-recording. The track was produced by Roland Spremberg (who worked with a-ha, Ville Valo, Natalia Avelon).

Career highlights

Lou Bega recorded the title song and the music video for the computer game The Jungle Book by the Walt Disney Company.

The Ladies and Gentlemen’s album contains the duet Baby Keep Smiling, which Lou Bega recorded with the Cuban artist Compay Segundo from the Buena Vista Social Club.

In May 2010 the album Free Again was released, from which the singles Boyfriend and Sweet Like Cola were released. In the German charts, they were able to occupy places 71 and 37. A Little Bit of 80’s followed in 2013, recording popular hits such as Culture Club, Sade Adu, KC and the Sunshine Band.

Bega has also been working as a composer for the German dance project Groove Coverage since 2002. So far he has participated in thirteen songs in the group. His most successful track for Groove was the song God Is a Girl from 2002. To date, the group has sold more than 13 million records worldwide.

His numerous concerts include a tour of the USA with Cher, with Bega performing as a special guest, appearances on the Indian subcontinent and in South America. Bega has also performed repeatedly for princes, international companies and corporate events. The Moroccan king booked him for his birthday. Lou Bega has appeared on many television shows and special events in the United States, including Tonight, Ally McBeal, Motown Live, Jenny Jones and Queen Latifa’s Show. Bet that ..?

Bega lives in his house in Berlin-Zehlendorf. He is an evangelical Christian.

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