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İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Turkey's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'We Could Be The Same' by maNga"

With their perfect English, well-produced rips and suggestive lyrics, they narrow the social distance between Turks and their European counterparts, and make it clear that Turkey's youth have their eyes locked firmly on the West. - Huffington Post

"Turkish band performs in Cologne"

In 2009, they both won 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. Their song "Bir Kadin Cizeceksin" was featured among the music of the FIFA 06 game. - Cumhuriyet

"maNga's leadsinger Ferman Akgül to host a musical documentary on TRT"

Not many people were aware of the talents of the members in maNga till they've reached a spectacular position in European music industry that came out after winning 2009 MTV European Music Awards - Best Act and 2010 Eurovision Song Contest experience. About a year ago, maNga's leadsinger Ferman Akgül - in an interview - mentioned cinema and television experience as a lovely bonus. - EuroVisionary

"'maNga' brings second best result in Turkey’s Eurovision history"

The five-piece maNga thus brought Turkey its second best rank in the contest’s history following Sertab Erener’s win in 2003 with the song “Every Way That I Can.” - Today's Zaman

"The AU review - maNga"

SXSW AU Interview - Johnny Au

"The AU review - maNga"

SXSW AU Interview - Johnny Au

"maNga at FIBA 3x3 World Tour - Istanbul"

Nu metal band Manga, runners-up at the 2010 Eurovision song contest, were about to give a free concert to an eclectic mix of spectators that included basketball fans, basketball players, passers by and, of course groupies.

This time the breeze was more than welcome, as singer Ferman Akgül – who had taken part in the 3x3 celebrity game only a couple of hours earlier – led an energetic hour-long show dressed in a Turkey National Team jersey. - FIBA

"maNga is back with the new album: e-akustik"

Former Turkish representatives, maNga, who participated at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, are back with their new album, e-akustik, which was released last week. - EuroVisionary


maNga, 2004 (Sony Music / GRGDN)
maNga+, 2006 (Sony Music / GRGDN)
We Could Be The Same (single), 2010 (GRGDN / TRT)
Fly to Stay Alive (single), 2011 (GRGDN)
Sehr-i Huzun, 2009 (Sony Music / GRGDN)
e-akustik, 2012 (PASAJ / GRGDN)



Embracing numerous musical genres and a fresh blend of traditional Turkish and Western rock music, hard rock quartet maNga are ready to storm the U.S. Featuring singer Ferman Akgül, guitarist Yağmur Sarıgül (aka “Yamyam”), drummer Özgür Can Öney and bassist Cem Bahtiyar, the Turkish group have drawn international acclaim for the infectious sounds on their three albums, which one could compare in spirit to Linkin Park or System Of A Down. They made a big noise representing their home country in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (Finishing in Second Place), have over 3 million Facebook followers and have drawn the attention of Billboard, the Huffington Post and MTV Europe, who declared them to be "one of Europe's best kept secrets".


Although the band recorded their first English language songs ("We Could Be The Same" and "Fly To Stay Alive") just three years ago, they have always sought an international audience. Indeed the band name maNga possesses a dual meaning. In Turkish, it refers to a unit of ten men in the army, and in Japanese, which was their chief inspiration for using the word, it means graphic novel. "The name was Yağmur's idea, and from that moment 12 years ago we were dreaming about having connections to other countries," declares Özgür. The members of maNga always knew they wanted to make their own music. They even set aside the careers they had studied for in college to become full-time musicians. Three months after they formed in 2001, the group competed on the TV show Sing Your Song, which is the Turkish version of Star Search.  Their second place showing ignited a creative spark that lead to numerous gigs in Turkey while writing the original tunes that comprised their self-titled debut album, which was released via Sony Epic in Turkey in December 2004. The album and its videos spotlighted an amalgam of heavy rock, hip-hop, pop and Turkish music.

Big things followed. The album sold more than 180,000 copies in Turkey, making maNga the first band there to get gold certification for their debut album. The CD also achieved Japanese success. The group played notable festivals like Rock and Coke in Turkey, Sziget Festival in Budapest and the Mannheim Turkish Rock Festival in Mannheim, Germany.  The song “Bir Kadın Çizeceksin” appeared in the EA Sports FIFA 2006 computer game soundtrack, which exposed them to European audiences who loved their music even if they did not understand the words. That same year, an extended edition of their debut album called maNga+ emerged with one new song, “Kandırma Kendini,” and the Cem Karaca cover “Raptiye Rap Rap”.


Their second album, Şehr-i Hüzün, was released via Sony in 2009 and showcased a band transformed by personal growth and their international travels. "On our first album, except for two or three songs, the songs were about relationships, love and feeling hopeless," explains Özgür.Şehr-i Hüzün offered a rich blend of Eastern-Western fusion that included traditional instruments like reed flute, piano, tambour and the bağlama. Famous Turkish philosopher poets Karacaoğlan and Ömer Hayyam were quoted in the songs “Üryan Geldim” and “Hepsi Bir Nefes”.

maNga's sophomore album garnered them strong sales and European accolades, most notably the “Best European Act” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2009. That same year, the group played with Limp Bizkit and Queensryche at the Rock The Balkans festival in Bulgaria.


After the massive exposure gained by Eurovision, including the Sony release of the single for "We Could Be The Same" in Denmark and then the release of the "Fly to Stay Alive" video -- which debuted on MTV European and shot to number one on the MTV Adria Rock Chart and to number 3 on the Top 20 chart. Their forthcoming studio album -- the first to be recorded in their new personal studio, which has allowed them greater creative freedom without pressure or time constraints -- will be their first English language release.

"We're using a bit more of a Seattle sound this time, but unconsciously," says Yağmur.

Özgür states that traditional Sufi music and American blues have similar feelings, although maNga's blend of the two makes them harder to categorize. He notes that for Western ears they sound Eastern and vice versa. "For Persians, we are Western because we are more democratic and more free than compared to Eastern countries," says the drummer. "For example, in Iran you can't have a rock band play in a bar. They go to other countries to play. That's the biggest difference, I think. I see us as an Anatolian band. We're just Turkish guys who grew up with Turkish influences who are playing Western instruments."

And cranking out some damn good music.

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