Manga (band)

Manga (band)

maNga in Oslo
Background information
Origin Ankara, Turkey
Genres Alternative metal,[1] Nu metal[2], Progressive metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels GRGDN
Sony Music Entertainment
Ferman Akgül (vocals)
Yağmur Sarıgül (guitar)
Cem Bahtiyar (bass)
Efe Yılmaz (turntables)
Özgür Can Öney (drums)
Past members
Orçun Şekerusta (bass)

Manga (officially stylized as maNga) is a Turkish nu metal band whose music is mainly a fusion of Anatolian melodies with electronic elements. In 2009, they won both the Best Turkish Act award from MTV Turkey and consequently the Best European Act award from MTV Networks Europe in MTV Europe Music Awards 2009. They represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "We Could Be the Same" and took second place.


Band history

maNga was formed in the year 2001, being named after the word for Japanese comic books, Manga. Initially, they were mostly underground, playing covers of other rock and metal bands. They came into the public spotlight after finishing runner-up at the Sing your song' music contest. This caught the attention of artist manager Hadi Elazzi (GRGDN), who immediately promoted the band to Sony Music, which resulted in their first, self-titled album being published in 2004, becoming a mass hit.[3]

Following this, they performed at various music festivals and have worked with such famous Turkish singers as Koray Candemir (of Kargo fame), Vega and Göksel. Most of their songs are written by the group members.

The genre of their music was described by Yağmur, the author of most of the songs, as having a touch on nu-metal, rap, hip-hop and mixing these all in a "pot" with melodies of Anatolia.

maNga's duet with Göksel is included in one of the most successful (with almost a million viewers[4]) Turkish films, Sınav (featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme).[5][6] Their song Bir kadın çizeceksin was featured among the music of the FIFA 06 game.

The band is considered a headliner for several Turkish music festivals, including Saklıfest,[7] Patlıcan,[8] Rokofest[9] and Rock'n Coke.

maNga took to the stage at the Wembley Arena in London, together with Tarkan on 13 April 2008, but was then cancelled because of the technical problems. They then again took to the stage in London at the O2 Academy, Islington on 4 December 2009.[10]

On 12 January 2010 the Turkish broadcaster TRT announced that maNga would be the Turkish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.[11] They came second with 170 points, behind Germany.[12]


Members of the band:

maNga on stage at Sziget Festival, Hungary; 13 August 2006.

Ferman Akgül

  • Full name: İbrahim Ferman Akgül
  • Instrument: Vocal
  • Birthdate: 25 December 1979

Ferman, who was born in Ankara, has graduated from Gazi University Architecture department and is currently doing a PhD in the Marmara University Cinema department. Ferman, who started his music career playing the guitar, had been in a variety of music groups as a soloist and appeared on stage quite a lot of times. He joined maNga at the beginning of 2002.

"Yamyam" Yağmur Sarıgül

  • Full name: Yağmur Sarıgül
  • Instrument: Electric guitar (Gibson 7 String Explorer)
  • Birthdate: 26 August 1979

Born on 26 August 1979, in Antalya, Yağmur received musical training during primary school in the piano and violin before moving on to the guitar. He became a student of the piano at Hacettepe Conservatorium, of the violin at the preparational programme of Bilkent University, the guitar at Ankara Anadolu Fine Arts High School and now studies guitar at the Music Faculty of Gazi University. At the Sing Your Song music contest, where maNga finished 2nd in 2002, he was chosen "Best Assistant Musician". He is currently a Cort endorsee.[13]

Cem Bahtiyar

  • Full name: Cem Bahtiyar
  • Instrument: Bass guitar (Warwick basses )
  • Birthdate: 18 January 1979

Cem was born in Denizli. He took lessons in classical guitar at high school and finished his musical study at the Denizli Conservatory. Cem became a student at Bilkent University in Ankara and now does some work with Göksel and Emre Aydın.

Efe Yılmaz

Efe Yılmaz at Sziget Festival, 2006.
  • Full name : Efe Yılmaz
  • Instrument : Turntable
  • Birthdate: 3 October 1979

Efe was born in Ankara. He started making remixes early on in his life with equipment set up in his home. He studied computer technology at the University of South Florida in the USA and currently studies Business Administration at Anadolu University.

The set he uses:

  • Ecler Mixers
  • Numark ttx turntable
  • Stanton scratch master needle
  • Stanton SA-12 DJ mixer
  • Akai MPC 2000 sampler
  • Motu 828 mk2 soundcars
  • Mac G4 power book
  • Pioneer EFX 500 digital effector
  • Custom vynl

Özgür Can Öney

Özgür Can Öney (in the middle), at Sziget Festival, 2006.
  • Full name: Özgür Can Öney
  • Instrument: Drums (Yamaha, Turkish Cymbals, Efektzil)
  • Birthdate: 21 July 1980

Özgür was born in Ankara and simultaneously studied Astronomy at Ankara University and Business Administration at Anatolia University . Özgür has composed music for theatrical plays. In his free time he is engaged with martial arts, particularly kick-boxing.



Year Album Sales Certifications
2004 maNga
  • 1st Studio Album
  • Released: December 14, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music/GRGDN
  • Gold
2009 Şehr-i Hüzün
  • 2nd Studio Album
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Sony Music


Year Album
2005 Mutlaka Yavrum
2006 Sınav Soundtrack
  • Title: Dursun Zaman


Year Single Peak position Album

2009 "Dünyanın Sonuna Doğmuşum" 1 335 Şehr-i Hüzün
"Beni Benimle Bırak" 1
"Cevapsız Sorular" 2
2010 "We Could Be the Same" 5 29 56 129 TBA
"Fly to Stay Alive" 2


Major festivals maNga will perform or have performed at so far:

  • 7th ODTÜ Rock Festival, 2002, Turkey
  • Avrupa Genclik Festivali, 2002, Turkey
  • Tuborg Rock Festival, 2004, Turkey
  • RockIstanbul, 2004, Turkey
  • Ereğli Festivali, 2005, Turkey
  • Rock'n Coke, 2005, Turkey
  • Rock 'N Live, 2005, Turkey
  • Ankara Saklifest, 2006, Turkey
  • Ankirockfest, 2006, Turkey
  • Rokofest (series of a festival), 2006, Turkey
  • Sziget, 2006, Hungary
  • Patlican, 2007, Turkey
  • İTÜ Spring Fest, 2009, Turkey
  • Rock'n Coke, 2009, Turkey
  • Çukurova University Fest, 2009, Turkey
  • Gazi University Fes, 2009, Turkey
  • Rock the Balkans 2009, Bulgaria
  • Bilkent University Mayfest 2010, Turkey
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2010, Norway
  • The Balkan Concerts 2010, Bosnia&Herzegovina
  • Rock Tatili Foça 2010, Turkey
  • 2011 Balkan Music Awards, Bulgaria
  • 2011 Fanta Gençlik Festivali, Turkey


  • 2010: Eurovision
    • Ranked in 2nd place, with "We Could Be the Same"
  • 2011 Balkan Music Awards
    • Best Duet/Group In The Balkans


maNga has made the music for Aşık Veysel's poem Kara Toprak, and later wrote a completely new lyrics for the song which became known as Dursun Zaman.

maNga abroad

On 13 August 2006, maNga became the first Turkish rock band to take stage at the Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary. In 2006 they also had concerts in the Netherlands and Germany.

The band was to take stage in the Wembley Stadium in London, together with Tarkan, but Manga did not perform due to technical difficulties on 13 April 2008.[24]

They also played in London's O2 Academy Islington on 4 December in 2009.

See also



External links

Official sites

Fan sites

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Turkey Emre Aydın
Best European Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards
Succeeded by
Italy Marco Mengoni
Preceded by
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Yüksek Sadakat

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