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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, where they placed 2nd in front of hundreds of millions of viewers world-wide, and have amassed over 3 million Facebook followers, while
drawing 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.
"A North American tour is a dream for us." As their first step in achieving this dream, the foursome stormed America in 2013 with showcase performances to screaming fans at the SXSW festival in Texas in March, CMJ in New York and The Satellite Los Angeles in October.

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Saturday, March 16

12:00am CDT