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Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
maNga’s story began when Yağmur Sarıgül “Yamyam” (Guitar) seperated his ways with the cover band he played with at local bars. His plan for his new band was to combine rock music and electronic music bringing hard guitar riffs and rap vocals together. maNga began to be formed when Özgür Can Öney (Drums), Efe Yılmaz (Turntable), Ferman Akgül (Vocals) and Cem Bahtiyar (Bass Guitar) joined the new band. The band began playing “nu metal” and “hard rock” songs. As a result the band was named maNga after the traditional Japanese cartoon art, bringing five different characters, five different music styles and five different world views together. Under the name of maNga, which is a familiar name to almost anyone in the world, they have started an intenational musical carreer. In 2001, maNga took second place in the “Sing Your Song” contest with their first song “Kal Yanımda”. After this success, they began writing the songs which would later be recorded in their first album. Their debut album which carried the same name with the band “maNga” was released on December 14th, 2004. In this album, maNga sang “Kal Yanımda” featuring Koray Candemir from Kargo, “İz Bırakanlar Unutulmaz” featuring Deniz Akyüz from Vega, and “Dursun Zaman” featuring Göksel. In 2006 maNga album’s extended edition was rereleased as “maNga+” including one new maNga song “Kandırma Kendini”and the Cem Karaca cover “Raptiye Rap Rap”. maNga+ came with a DVD that featured the music videos of this first album. After release of the album, maNga had many concerts and participated in many national and international festivals (Sziget Festival, Mannheim Turkish Rock Festival, Wembley Arena, London) giving more than 250 concerts nationwide maNga came together with maNga music lovers. More than 4 years after their debut album, maNga got into a new time period catching a smoother, more characteristic, warmer and more melancholic sound. This change reflected on maNga’s sound, and their second album “Şehr-i Hüzün” which had a pre-recording period of 23 months. As a product of many compromises and hard work, the second album, “Şehr-i Hüzün” was released on April 15th, 2009. Moreover maNga has won “Best European Act” award at MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 On November 5th, 2009. In 2009, maNga has won numerous awards including the best video, the best band, the best song, the best album and the best performance. With the winds of “Best European Act”, maNga was selected to represent Turkey in the 55th Eurovision Song Contest by TRT (Turkish Radio and Television). On May 29th , 2010, maNga competed in the 55th Eurovision Song Contest held in Oslo and finished the contest at 2nd place with the song “We Could Be The Same” and brought the second biggest success to Turkey in its Eurovision history.