Manga (band)

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maNga in Oslo
Background information
OriginAnkara, Turkey
Years active2001–present
LabelsPoll Production, GRGDN, Sony Music Entertainment
MembersFerman Akgül
Yağmur Sarıgül
Cem Bahtiyar
Özgür Can Öney
Past membersOrçun Şekerusta
Efe Yılmaz

Manga (also stylized as maNga) is a Turkish rock 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.


Manga was formed in the year 2001, being named after the word for 'cool man', 'Manga'[citation needed]. Initially, they were mostly underground, playing covers of other rock and metal bands. The band made the music for Aşık Veysel's poem Kara Toprak, and later used a completely different poem by Göksel for the song which became known as Dursun Zaman (by the title of Göksel's poem "Dursun Zaman"). 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.[4] 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. 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. 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, 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[5]) Turkish films, Sınav (featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme).[6][7] 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,[8] Patlıcan,[9] Rokofest[10] and Rock'n Coke. 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.[11] They also played in London's O2 Academy Islington on 4 December 2009. On 12 January 2010 the Turkish broadcaster TRT announced that maNga would be the Turkish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.[12] They came second with 170 points, behind Germany.[13]


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

Current members[edit]

  • Ferman Akgül - vocals (2001–present), keyboards (2013-present)
  • Yağmur Sarıgül - guitar (2001–present)
  • Cem Bahtiyar - bass guitar (2001–present)
  • Özgür Can Öney - drums (2001–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Orçun Şekerusta - bass guitar (2001)
  • Efe Yılmaz - DJ, electronics (2001-2013)



Title Details Sales Certifications
  • Gold
Şehr-i Hüzün
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Sony Music, GRGDN Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released: March 20, 2012
  • Label: PASAJ, GRGDN
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Işıkları Söndürseler Bile
  • Released: April 14, 2014
  • Label: Poll Production
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: April 27, 2018
  • Label: Poll Production
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Dünyanın Sonuna Doğmuşum" 2009 1 335 Şehr-i Hüzün
"Beni Benimle Bırak" 1
"Cevapsız Sorular" 2
"We Could Be the Same" 2010 1 29 56 129 E-akustik
"Fly to Stay Alive" 2
"Fazla Aşkı Olan Var Mı?" 2014 Işıkları Söndürseler Bile
"Hint Kumaşı" 2015
"Işıkları Söndürseler Bile"
"Yad Eller" 2018 X
"Süper Güçlerimiz Var" 2019 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album(s) Artist
"Raptiye Rap Rap" 2005 Mutlaka Yavrum Cem Karaca
"Dursun Zaman" 2006 Sınav Soundtrack N/A
"Beni Unutma" 2011 İyilik&Güzellik Spor Feridun Düzağaç
"Fly To Stay Alive" Anadolu Kartalları Soundtrack N/A
"Tek Yön Seçtiğin Tüm Yollar"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2005 POPSAV Ödülleri Best rock band Nominated [19]
Best video Nominated
2005 Hürriyet Altın Kelebek Ödülleri (Golden Butterfly Awards) Best Newcomer Band Nominated [20]
2006 MÜYAP Ödülleri Gold Disc maNga Won [21]
2009 MTV Turkey Best Turkish Act Nominated [22]
2009 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Turkish Act Won [23]
Best European Act Won
2010 Eurovision Song Contest "We Could Be the Same" 2nd
2011 Balkan Music Awards Best Duet/Group In The Balkans Nominated
2012 Balkan Music Awards Best Group In The Balkans Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rockers maNga unveil Eurovision song 'We Could Be the Same'". Today's Zaman. 5 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "maNga – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "maNga – Sehr-i Hüzün". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b MÜYAP: Gold receiving artists 2006
  5. ^ Tolga AKYILDIZ: Iyi filmin iyi şarkıları (Goods songs for a good film) - Hürriyet Newspaper
  6. ^ Michael Show: SINAV Orijinal Film Müzikleri ( SONY BMG – 2006)
  7. ^ Sony Music Türkiye: Sinav Orijinal Soundtrack Archived 2007-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Saklifest Archived 2008-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Patlican
  10. ^ Rokofest Archived 2008-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Tarkan - Manga, London
  12. ^ "Eurovision'a 'maNga' gidiyor" (in Turkish). HaberTürk. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  13. ^
  14. ^ Billboard Turkish Rock Top 20 Chart Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Discography maNga".
  16. ^ "Discographie maNga".
  17. ^ "Russian Airplay Chart".
  18. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 12.06.2010 (wk22)".
  19. ^ POPSAV ödülleri - Sabah
  20. ^ Altin kelebek 2005 - Hürriyet
  21. ^ Müzik Oscar'lari sahiplerini buldu - Hürriyet
  22. ^ MTV Turkey news
  23. ^ MTV Europe Music Awards: MaNga nominated for Best Turkish Act"


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Turkey Emre Aydın
Best European Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards
Succeeded by
Italy Marco Mengoni
Preceded by
with Düm Tek Tek
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Yüksek Sadakat
with Live It Up
Preceded by
Romania Akcent
Best Group in the Balkans
2010, 2012
Succeeded by
[to be determined]