Lou Bega’s “Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)” is a song that took the world by storm, arriving in 1999 as the recreation of Cuban-Mexican musician Perez Prado’s 1952 original track.
The version of “Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)” that we all know from the nineties was the product of German pop artist Lou Bega adding lyrics to the instrumental from the fifties, and the world loved it. It topped charts everywhere, raking up massive playtime.
Bega sampled the last thirty-seconds of the original Mambo-Jazz infused song from the man known as ‘The King of Mambo’, and his recreation didn’t take long to hit the charts and stay there for weeks on end. In France, it hit number one for twenty-weeks straight.
Energetic, fun, and filled with just enough innuendo, “Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)” is a one-hit-wonder that is always just as catchy as the day that you heard it. It’s Latin music intended to make you happy.