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Mambo No. 5 by Perez Prado

With Mambo Cuban dance style being very popular in the 1940’s and 50’s, Cuban musician Perez Prado came out with his song Mambo No. 5. This Mambo and Jazz dance song wasn’t his only. He also had a song called Mambo No. 8. Prado had many mambo songs, so he would number them because he ran out of ideas for names for the songs. He was literally known as the “King of the Mambo.”

Mambo No. 5 has many instruments that are played throughout the song. This includes the bass, trumpet, trombone, percussion, tuba, and more. Lou Bega’s re-popular make of the song that came out half a century later, was made into a love song. It is mixed with lyrics and the instrumental aspect as well.

Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5 sampled the last part of the original song. The instrumental features of the original were there but with added lyrics. Lou Bega successfully recreated and re-popularized Perez Prado’s famous Mambo No. 5 all over again.

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