A Little Bit of Mamboby Lou Bega
In the wake of Ricky Martin's cross-cultural block party, "Livin' La Vida Loca," comes "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)" by crooner-rapper-lothario Lou Bega. Rooted in a sample of backside-bustlin' beats and fanfare horn hits (courtesy of Cuban mambo ambassador Perez Prado), "No. 5" throws electro-funk, pop-hop bounce, and a whole lotta sweet-smellin' cheese into a frothing pot of sassy soul sauce. In that vein, the rest of Bega's full-length debut, A LITTLE BIT OF MAMBO, is a mix of dizzyingly lighthearted, summertime escapism -- from the fluffy doo-wop flavored "Baby Keep Smiling" to the hip-hop-tweaked Caribbean getaway "Icecream" to "Beauty on the TV-Screen," a lonely guy's lament that brilliantly bites the Tokens' 1961 classic "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Sure, Bega's blustery singing is pretty ham-fisted and his quasi-raps aren't likely to woo GZA's market share, but the karaoke abandon of his vocals do possess a certain charm, and any Beck or Cornershop fan who can't find the fun in this gloppily poppy, post-modern mix of Afro-Cuban, Latin-American, Afro-American, and Italian-American good vibes is in hipster denial.
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Performance CreditsLou Bega Primary Artist
Hans Bettinger Brass,Overdubs
Felice Civitareale Brass,Overdubs
Claus Reichstaller Brass,Overdubs
Kai Taschner Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Frank Lio Piano,Keyboards
Wolfgang VonWebenau Piano,Keyboards
Black II Black Brass,Overdubs
Goar Blessenkamp Guitar,Keyboards
Matthias Borst Guitar
Christofer Kochs Harmonica,Harp
Axel Kuhn Brass,Overdubs
Christian Pletschacher Percussion,Background Vocals,Vibes
Stefan Schrupp Organ,Hammond Organ
Lisa Cash Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Goar Biesenkamp Guitar,Keyboards
Wolfgang Webenau Piano,Keyboards
Mellodations Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsPérez Prado Composer
Frank Lio Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Lou Bega Composer,Lyricist,Artwork
Goar Blessenkamp Producer,Executive Producer
Boragno Cover Design,Cover Art,Cover Photo
D. Fact Producer
Ronald Reinsberg Cover Art
Angelika M. Zwerenz Artwork,Fashion Stylist
Goar B Executive Producer
Z. Abreu Composer
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This CD has some great songs such as Tricky Tricky and Mambo #5 but really.. All he sings about is all the ladies he likes and how many girls he has... Yadda yadda yadda. It gets pretty annoying after a while.
Lou Bega has good songs. Mambo No. 5, Tricky Tricky and I got a girl, are the best.I love this CD.
Jessica is hot and sexy
Lou Bega, I love to listen to all your songs espeically Mombo #5 and I Got A Girl! You are cool!!! You are DABOMB!!!!!!!!
The entire CD is Awesome. I listen to it when I work out. All the songs are upbeat. The lyrics are entertaining. It is the absolute Best CD for a cardio machine. Makes you want to get up and move.
I got this CD yesterday and I love it so much that I'm playing now on the computer! I think it's worth the moola! M y favorite song is I Gotta Girl. Lou's Cafe is also good.
This is one of the worst groups that I have heard in a long time. By this time next year, noone will remember his name.
I LOVE THE WORDS OF THE SONG, WHEN THEY ARE DOING THE DANCE ROUTINE, THEY ARE DANCING WITH A LOT OF RHYTHM,ALOT OF TASTE(SABOR) WAS USED IN MAKING THIS SONG.
What kind of narrow mind would consider as womanizing the Mambo 5. The song does not say anything that Julio Iglesias could not say. So what if the guy likes many of his girlfriends. I bet you don't like your own appeareance too much either. Jealeous you're not Rita?
great inthusiasum! wonderful talent. I think if he did more songs like mambo then he'd be on the top three of the chart!