German born with Italian and Ugandan parents Lou Bega began in a rap group but it was a move to Miami that influenced him to take up latin music.
His first single “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)” became an instant worldwide hit in 1999, charting at No. 1 in most European countries, including Germany, UK, France, and No.3 in the United States. In France, “Mambo No. 5” spent twenty weeks at No.1.