|Estimated value:||€8 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Lou Bega (real name David Lubega; born April 13, 1975 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany) is a musician from Germany of Ugandan-Italian origin. Widely known for the song Mambo No. 5, a remake of the instrumental work composed in 1949 by Perez Prado. Lou Bega added his own lyrics to the music.
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. They then moved permanently to Munich, where the boy attended a German elementary school. At 15 he lived in Miami for a year and a half and spent six months in Uganda. He currently lives in Berlin.
Lou Bega began his musical career as a rapper. At the age of 13 he formed a hip hop group with two friends and two years later they released a CD. During her stay in Miami, Bega discovered Latin 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 around the world, taking first place in the charts of most European countries, including Germany, England and France, and third place in the United States. In France, the single occupied number one for 20 weeks, which remains an unbeatable record to this day.
On July 19, 1999, Lou Bega released the album A Little Bit of Mambo. It ranked 3rd in the US, but ranked 1st in the charts in Germany, Austria, Canada, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland and the Middle East. 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. On the new album, the song “Baby Keep Smiling” was recorded, performed by a duet with Compai Segundo, a member of the Buena Vista Social Club project (on the album A Little Bit of Mambo, the same song sounded without him). 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 endeavors, Lou released a dedication to Scatman John dubbed “Scatman & Hatman,” embodying the unrealized dream of co-recording. The track was produced by Roland Spremberg (who worked with a-ha, Ville Valo, Natalia Avelon).
Lou Bega recorded the theme song and music video for the Walt Disney Company’s The Jungle Book computer game.
The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Album features the duet Baby Keep Smiling recorded by Lou Bega with Cuban artist Compay Segundo of 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. They reached positions 71 and 37 in the German charts. A Little Bit of 80’s followed in 2013, on which he recorded popular hits like 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 of the group. His most successful track for Groove was the 2002 song God Is a Girl. To date, the group has sold more than 13 million records worldwide.
His numerous concerts include a tour of the United States with Cher, where Bega was a special guest, performances in the Indian subcontinent and South America. Bega 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 across 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.
Imagination is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited. …
“It doesn’t matter how slowly you walk as long as you don’t stop. …
“All dreams can come true if we have the courage to follow them. …
“I never believed in success. …
“Paths are made by walking them.
|Estimated value:||€8 million|