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Manga is a popular Turkish nu metal/rapcore band. Their music is mainly a fusion of alternative metal and hip hop music, with a touch of Anatolian melodies; with heavy use of turntables, invoking comparisons with modern American nu metal bands.

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.

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)Turkish films, Sınav (featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme) Their song Bir kadın çizeceksin was featured among the music of the FIFA 2006 game.

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

Manga took stage in the Wembley Arena in London, together with Tarkan, on 13th of April, 2008.


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 PhD in the same field . 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.

Yağmur Sarıgül

• Instrument: Electric guitar

• Birthdate: 26 August, 1979

He was born in Antalya. Yağmur, who has been given musical training since primary school, was trained also in piano and violin, before he started playing the guitar. Yagmur became a student of piano at Hacettepe Conservatorium, of violin at the preparational programme of Bilkent University, guitar at Ankara Anadolu Fine Arts High School and now he 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.

Cem Bahtiyar

• Instrument: Bass guitar

• Birthdate: 18 January, 1979

He was born in Denizli. He had classic guitar lessons at high school, then finished the Denizli Conservatory and became a student at Bilkent University in Ankara. Currently he also works with Göksel.

Efe Yılmaz

• Instrument : Turntable

• Birthdate: 3 October, 1979

He was born in Ankara. He started making remixes quite early, 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 Anatolia University.

Özgür Can Öney

• Instrument: Drums

• Birthdate: 21 July, 1980

He was born in Ankara. He studies Astronomy at Ankara University and Business Administration at Anatolia University at the same time. He composed the music for several theatrical plays. In his free time he is engaged with martial arts, particularly kick-box.

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