Manga (band)

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MaNga - aktivioslo - crop.jpg
maNga in Oslo
Background information
Origin Ankara, Turkey
Years active 2001–present
Labels Poll Production, GRGDN, Sony Music Entertainment
Members Ferman Akgül
Yağmur Sarıgül
Cem Bahtiyar
Özgür Can Öney
Past members Orçun 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.

Band history[edit]

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. 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. 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.

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.[11]

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)



Year Album Sales Certifications
2004 maNga
  • Gold
2009 Şehr-i Hüzün
  • 2nd Studio Album
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Sony Music GRGDN Music
2012 e-akustik
  • 3rd Studio Album
  • Released: March 20, 2012
  • Label: PASAJ/GRGDN
2014 Işıkları Söndürseler Bile
  • 4th Studio Album
  • Released: April 14, 2014
  • Label:


Year Album
2005 Mutlaka Yavrum
2006 Sınav Soundtrack
  • Title: Dursun Zaman
2011 İyilik&Güzellik Spor
2011 Anadolu Kartalları Soundtrack
  • Title: Fly To Stay Alive, Tek Yön Seçtiğin Tüm Yollar


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" 1 29 56 129 E-akustik
"Fly to Stay Alive" 2
2014 "Fazla Aşkı Olan Var Mı?" Işıkları Söndürseler Bile



maNga has 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").

maNga abroad[edit]

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 2009.

See also[edit]



External links[edit]

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]