David Lubega (born 13 April 1975), better known by his stage name Lou Bega, is a German recording artist. His 1999 song “Mambo No. 5”, a remake of Pérez Prado’s 1949 instrumental piece, reached Number 1 in many European countries and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Bega added his own words to the song and sampled the original version extensively. Bega’s musical signature consists of combining musical elements of the 1940s and 1950s with modern beats and grooves.
Lou Bega’s cover was a hit in the United Kingdom and in Australia, where it reached number-one in 1999. It stayed at number-one in Australia for eight weeks, ultimately becoming the best-selling single of 1999 in Australia. It also topped almost every chart in continental Europe, including Bega’s home country, Germany, and set a record by staying at number-one in France for 20 weeks (longer than any stay at the top spot ever on the US or UK charts). The song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 2 November 1999, giving Bega his only Top 40 hit in the US.