Lou Bega - A Little Bit of Mambo

Lou Bega - A Little Bit of Mambo
Release Date:
August 24, 1999
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Cuban Traditions, Latin Pop, Mambo, Club/Dance
A Little Bit of Mambo

Out of left field came German-born, Italian/Ugandan Lou Bega, scoring an international chart-topping single with his infectious "Mambo No. 5" -- the only thing that kept it from reaching the top of the U.S. charts was the fact that no American commercial single was ever issued. The rest of Bega's album, A Little Bit of Mambo, follows pretty much the same recipe as "Mambo No. 5." A couple of songs, including "1+1=2" and "I Got a Girl" are virtual rewrites of the aforementioned hit -- meaning that if one didn't enjoy "Mambo No.

5," then one would have a difficult time enjoying the rest of the album. Nonetheless, this breezy, feel-good disc is entirely intoxicating, incorporating Caribbean rhythms and instrumentals ("The Most Expensive Girl in the World," "Icecream"), mambo-meets-techno influences ("Can I Tico Tico You"), jazz and hip-hop ("The Trumpet Part II"), and old-time nostalgia ("Baby Keep Smiling"), to create one of 1999's most unusual and unique albums. Lou Bega's vocals are limited, to be sure, and the lyrics deal with little more than girls and partying (and are too ridiculous to be taken seriously), yet his charisma and good-natured intentions are undeniable. None of the songs on this disc came close to matching the success of "Mambo No. 5." The second single, the hypnotic, brass-heavy "Tricky Tricky" failed to even ignite the U.S. Top 40, rendering Bega as more a novelty act than anything else. Nonetheless, this album is unique in the pantheon of 1990s pop music, and those who enjoyed his hit will likely enjoy the rest of this feel-good, summery concoction.

Mambo Mambo [Version Radio] / Lou Bega / Frank Lio / Pérez PradoLou Bega3:16
Mambo No. 5 (a Little Bit of...) / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank Lio / Pérez PradoLou Bega3:41
Baby Keep Smiling / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega3:11
Lou's Café / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega0:58
Can I Tico Tico You / Z. Abreu / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega2:54
I Got a Girl / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega3:15
Tricky, Tricky / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega3:26
Icecream / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega3:50
Beauty On the Tv-Screen / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega4:01
The 1+1=2 / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega4:04
The Most Expensive Girl In the World / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega3:47
The Trumpet, Pt. 2 / Lou Bega / D. Fact / Frank LioLou Bega6:05
Behind Stage / Lou Bega / Frank LioLou Bega1:17
Mambo Mambo [Version Originale] / Lou Bega / Frank LioLou Bega3:01