Mehmet Barış Manço (born Tosun Yusuf Mehmet Barış Manço; 2 January 1943 – 31 January 1999), known by his stage name Barış Manço, was a Turkish rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, television producer and show host. Beginning his musical career while attending Galatasaray High School, he was a pioneer of rock music in Turkey and one of the founders of the Anatolian rock genre. Manço composed around 200 songs and is among the best-selling and most awarded Turkish artists to date. Many of his songs were translated into a variety of languages including English, French, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, and German, among others. Through his TV program, 7'den 77'ye ("From 7 to 77"), Manço traveled the world and visited most countries on the globe. He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey.
Mehmet Barış Manço
2 January 1943
|Died||1 February 1999 (aged 56)|
Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, composer, actor, television producer and show host|
(m. January – July 1970)
Lale Manço (Çağlar)
(m. 1978 – 1999)
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
CBS Disques / Grammofoonplaten SABV
|Associated acts||Moğollar, Kafadarlar, Harmoniler, Les Mistigris, Kaygısızlar, Barış Manço Ve ..., Kurtalan Ekspres, George Hayes Orchestra|
Barış Manço was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey on 2 January 1943. His mother, Rikkat Uyanık, was a famous singer in the early 1940s. His older brother, who was born during World War II, was named Savaş ("war" in Turkish) while he was named Barış ("peace" in Turkish) by his parents to celebrate the end of the war. At birth, he was additionally named Tosun Yusuf after his deceased uncle Yusuf called Tosun (literally: Joseph the Sturdy). However, this name was erased just before he attended the primary school. Manço was of partial Albanian descent.
In primary school his head was shaven to prevent head lice, a serious threat back then, which he cited among reasons for his later signature long hair.
During his highschool days in Galatasaray High School (and later in Şişli Terakki High School) he formed his first band, Kafadarlar ("The Buddies"), allegedly upon seeing Erkin Koray's band performing, all students of Deutsche Schule Istanbul (İstanbul Alman Lisesi), a nearby highschool. Prof. Dr. Asaf Savaş Akat, a famous economist in Turkey, played saxophone, and guitarist Ender Enön made his own guitar because it was difficult to find a real one on the market in those years.
In 1962 and 1963, with his next band, Harmoniler ("The Harmonies"), he recorded cover versions of some of popular American twist songs and rearrangements of Turkish folk songs in rock and roll form, marking the beginning of the Anatolian rock movement, a synthesis of Turkish folk music and rock. In this period, his key visual and musical influence was Elvis Presley.
After graduating from high school in 1963, he moved to Europe, travelling around Paris and Liège, where he formed bands with local musicians and recorded some singles mainly in English and in French but also in Turkish. Then, in 1964, Barış Manço continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège, Belgium. He toured with his band Les Mistigris (not related to Mistigris) in Germany, Belgium, France and Turkey until 1967.
In 1967, he suffered a serious car accident, after which he started to grow his signature mustache to disguise his scar.
Frustrated by the difficulties of working with musicians from different nationalities, he formed Kaygısızlar (The Carefrees), featuring Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner, future members of the band MFÖ. He recorded several singles and toured with the band, both domestically and internationally, until the band members revealed that they did not want to live abroad.
In 1970, he formed Barış Manço Ve ... ("Barış Manço and ...") again with foreign musicians, to record his first hit single, both in Turkey and in Belgium, Dağlar Dağlar (Mountains, Mountains!), selling over 700,000 copies. Today, the song remains one of his most popular works.
After the success of "Dağlar Dağlar", Manço recorded a couple of singles with Moğollar (The Mongols), another influential Turkish Anatolian rock band. He then decided to return to Turkey where he recorded with the reformed Kaygısızlar for a short period. In 1971, his early works were compiled under his first full-length album Dünden Bugüne, today commonly referred as Dağlar Dağlar.
In 1972, he formed Kurtalan Ekspres, a legend by itself, the band that would accompany him until his death. In 1975 until when he continued to release singles, he released his first non-compilation LP 2023, a concept album that includes many instrumental songs.
As a last attempt to reach international success, he released the LP titled Baris Mancho (1976), a strange transcription of his name, mostly with George Hayes Orchestra under CBS Records label, in Europe and South Africa. Although the album did not bring the fame he was expecting, it did reach the top of the charts in Romania and Morocco. The following year, the album was released in Turkey under the title Nick the Chopper. In 1975 he starred in the movie Baba Bize Eversene (Father make us marry) which is the only movie he ever starred during his career. The music of the movie consists of a compilation of tracks composed by Barış Manço and Kurtalan Ekspres.
From 1977 to 1980, he released three more albums in Turkey, partly consisting of compilations of older singles, namely Sakla Samanı Gelir Zamanı (1977), Yeni Bir Gün (1979) and 20. Sanat Yılı Disko Manço (1980), all following a similar sound with 2023. All these albums are now rarity items, but most of the material from the era are available in later compilations Ben Bilirim and Sarı Çizmeli Mehmet Ağa.
In 1981, Manço released Sözüm Meclisten Dışarı with Kurtalan Ekspres, containing many hit songs including "Alla Beni Pulla Beni", "Arkadaşım Eşek", "Gülpembe", "Halhal" and "Dönence" among others. The album remains as one of their most popular works and launched a boost of popularity for Barış Manço during the 1980s.
"Arkadaşım Eşek" ("My Friend Donkey"), quickly grew very popular among children (the song is about rural nostalgia and was not initially intended as a children's song). Throughout his career, he went on to write many other songs primarily for children to achieve an iconic acceptance among Turkish children of the 1980s and 1990s.
On the other hand, "Gülpembe", composed by Kurtalan Ekspres bassist Ahmet Güvenç, a requiem for Manço's grandmother, caught older audiences and probably is the artist's most popular song, competing perhaps only with "Dağlar Dağlar".
In 1983, Estağfurullah, Ne Haddimize was released. It contained hit songs "Halil İbrahim Sofrası" and "Kol Düğmeleri", a new version of the artist's first song. "Halil İbrahim Sofrası" exemplified Manço's signature moral themed lyrics, a rare feature in Turkish pop music.
In 1985, 24 Ayar Manço which included "Gibi Gibi" and a long conceptual song "Lahburger" was released. It also marked the beginning of the shift in Manço's sound characterized with the heavy use of synthesizers and drum machine in contrast with his older works consisting of a group oriented rock based sound. In subsequent years, Manço released Değmesin Yağlı Boya (1986), Sahibinden İhtiyaçtan (1988) and Darısı Başınıza (1989), all containing a couple of hit songs and demonstrating his new sound.
In 1988, 7'den 77'ye (From 7 to 77), a TV show directed and presented by Manço, began to run on TRT 1, the Turkish state television channel. It was a combined music, talk show, and documentary program which was a major hit during the eight years it stayed on air. Manço traveled to almost 150 countries for the show. "Adam Olacak Çocuk", a section of his show dedicated to children, strengthened Manço's popularity among the young generations.
Although his fame continued in the 1990s thanks to the wide audience of his TV show, which was followed by all age groups, his musical works in this period were not as successful as those in the previous decades. The albums Mega Manço (1992) and Müsadenizle Çocuklar (1995) were considered the weakest efforts of his career, despite the limited success of the 1992 children hit Ayı (The Bear). On the other hand, in 1995 he toured in Japan with Kurtalan Ekspres, leading to Live In Japan (1996), his only live album. He released two albums in that country with some recognition as "the man who writes songs about vegetables", referring to "Domates, Biber, Patlıcan" ("Tomato, Pepper, Aubergine") and "Nane, Limon Kabuğu" (Mint, Lemon Rind), two of his hit songs from the 1980s.
On 31 January 1999, Barış Manço died of a sudden heart attack before the release of his just finished last work Mançoloji (Mançology or Manchology) (1999), a double album containing the new recordings of his hit songs along with an unfinished instrumental song "40. Yıl" ("The 40th Anniversary"), celebrating his 40th year in music. His sudden death caused an almost unanimous shock in Turkey with millions of people mourning and tens of thousands of people attending his funeral.
Barış Manço was one of the most influential Turkish musicians. In his early career he and his bands contributed to the Turkish rock movement by combining traditional Turkish music with rock influences, which is still one of the main trends of Turkish popular music.
His visual image, characterized by his long hair, mustache and big rings, softened the reaction of the otherwise conservative Turkish public opinion.
Manço pioneered the progressive rock-influenced Anatolian rock movement in the 1970s. His experimentation with electronic instruments in the late 1980s contributed to the 1990s sound of Turkish popular music.
His lyrics with diverse themes, mostly following a somewhat modernized version of the "aşık" (wandering folk poets) tradition were heavily marginal in the popular music scene of the 1980s which was mostly dominated by love-themed lyrics.
In 2002, a tribute album was released under the name Yüreğimdeki Barış Şarkıları ("Songs of Barış (Peace) In My Heart"), featuring 15 popular Turkish artists of such diverse genres like arabesque, pop and rock (both Anatolian and western style) demonstrating his wide range of influence.
With Jacques Denjean Orchestra
With Les Mistigris
With Barış Manço Ve
With Moğollar / Kaygısızlar
With Kaygısızlar / Les Mistigris
With Kurtalan Ekspres
With George Hayes Orchestra / Kurtalan Ekspres
With Kurtalan Ekspres
Akın Eldes is a prominent Turkish guitarist, who is best known for his work with Bulutsuzluk Özlemi between 1986–2000. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and played mandolin and flute as a child. Eldes started playing the guitar in high school. He played with the bands E-5, Painted Bird, Asım Can Gündüz, singer-songwriter Bülent Ortaçgil, bassist Gürol Ağırbaş, composer Melih Kibar and Çapkınlar among others prior to joining Bulutsuzluk Özlemi. Nowadays, he is playing with a Turkish rock band Pinhani.
Eldes is a respected session musician and also has six solo albums which tell his musical aspect; Kafi (2001), Türlü (2004), Cango (2007), Ara Taksim (2009), Başka Türlü (2010) and Hane-i Akustik (2011). Akın Eldes's unique technique and the characteristic sound make him different from other guitarists in the world.Ayşegül Aldinç
Ayşegül Aldinç (Turkish pronunciation: [aːjʃeˈɟyl alˈdintʃ]; born 28 September 1957) is a Turkish singer and actress.Barış
Barış is a Turkish word meaning "peace" and a given name for males or, rarely females. People named Barış include:
Barış Akarsu (1979–2007), Turkish rock musician
Barış Demirci (born 1986), Turkish ski jumper
Barış Ermiş (born 1985), Turkish basketball player
Barış Esen (born 1986), Turkish Grand Master of chess.
Barış Eyriboz (born 1976), Turkish film director
Barış Hamaz (born 1976), Turkish volleyball player
Barış Hersek (born 1988), Turkish basketball player
Barış Manço (1943–1999), Turkish rock musician
Barış Örücü (born 1992), Turkish-German footballer
Barış Özbek (born 1986), Turkish-German footballer
Barış Tok (born 1978), Turkish motorcycle racer
Barış Arduç (born 1987), Turkish actor
Barış Alpaykut (born 1987), Turkish actor
Barış İmre (born 1998), Turkish ProgrammerDr. No's Oxperiment
Dr. No's Oxperiment is the third album by hip hop rapper and producer Oh No. The solely instrumental album was released by Stones Throw Records in 2007, and is described as "an audio tour of Turkish, Lebanese, Greek, and Italian psyche funk".Elazığ dik halay
Elazığ dik halay (Karaçor)(Karachor) is a Turkish kochari folk dance. It is a form of circle dance.There are similar folk song known as Shoror . There are modern popular versions of this song, with Turkish lyrics, known as İşte Hendek İşte Deve in Turkey, one sung by Barış Manço. There are modern popular versions of this song, with Assyrian lyrics, known as Kochari in Russia, one sung by Loudmila Khoshaba. Kochari is a song from her Album of the year 2008, called "Nazdarta".
There are modern popular versions of this song, with Greek lyrics, known as Agkires (Άγκυρες; Anchors) in Greece, one sung by Katy Garbi . Agkires is a song from her Album of the year 1999, called "Doro Theou"Its music was composed Greek Savvas Angin.Greek lyrics written by Eleni Gianatsoulia.Gürdal Duyar
Gürdal Duyar (20 August 1935, İstanbul- 18 April 2004, İstanbul), was a Turkish sculptor.
He is known for his Atatürk monuments as well as for busts of other colorful figures.Kanlıca
Kanlıca is a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus strait, in the Beykoz district of Istanbul Province, Turkey. Kanlica is known for its popular specialty, yogurt topped with castor sugar, offered in local restaurants and cafés.Kanlıca Cemetery
The Kanlıca Cemetery (Turkish: Kanlıca Mezarlığı) is a burial ground located on the Asian part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is administered by the Metropolitan Municipality. Many prominent figures from the world of media and music rest here.
Situated on a hillside east of Kanlıca neighborhood of Beykoz district overlooking Bosphorus, it is also known as the "Mihrimah Sultan Cemetery" (Turkish: Mihrimah Sultan Mezarlığı) after Mihrimah Sultan (1522–1578), the daughter of Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–1566).Kurtalan Ekspres
Kurtalan Ekspres is a Turkish Anatolian Rock band that has worked with several famous lead singers, such as Cem Karaca, Cahit Berkay, Barış Manço. The band takes its name from a train named Kurtalan Express, which travels between Kurtalan and Haydarpaşa. Kurtalan Ekspres was founded by Barış Manço in 1971, and initially included Murat Ses, Erdinç Avcı, Fuat Güner, Celal Güven, Özkan Uğur and Ali Serdar. In the late-1970s Bahadır Akkuzu joined the group as the lead guitarist. After Barış Manço's death in 1999, the band began working with Cem Karaca. After Cem Karaca's death in 2004, Bahadır Akkuzu took over the vocals. Bahadır Akkuzu died of a heart attack in 2009, and the band has presumably come to an end.List of Turkish musicians
This is a list of notable Turkish musicians, including musical groups and singers.List of keytarists
A keytarist is a musician that plays the keytar, a keyboard or synthesizer worn around the neck and shoulders, similar to a guitar. Only notable musicians who are widely noted for their use of the keytar as reported in reliable sources are included.
Victoria Asher (Cobra Starship)
Jean Michel Jarre
Elisa Jordana (Cobra Starship)
Daisuke Asakura Japanese composer and musician.
Paul Meany of Mutemath
Chick Corea (Chick Corea Elektric Band)
Stephen Devassy Indian Musician and Composer.
Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra
Donald Fagen of Steely Dan
Elisa Schwartz, formerly of Cobra Starship
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Matthew Bellamy of Muse
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin
Robert Lamm of Chicago
Henrik Klingenberg of Sonata Arctica
Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater
Geoff Downes of Asia
John Lawry of Petra
Simon Kvamm of the Dan Nephew
Howard Jones English pop singer
Christopher Bowes of Alestorm
Vadim Pruzhanov of Dragonforce
Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots
Yenny of Wonder Girls
Page McConnell of Phish
Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz
Vanessa Vakharia of Goodnight, Sunrise
Tonči HuljićList of people from Istanbul
This is a list of notable people hailing from the city of Istanbul.
Hrant Dink editor of an Armenian newspaper
Halide Edip Adıvar, novelist, politician
Müjde Ar, actress
Oğuz Aral, cartoonist
Bülent Arel, music producer
Duygu Asena, women's rights activist
Cenk Aydin, businessman
Hulusi Behçet, dermatologist
Semiha Berksoy, opera singer
Orhan Boran, radio and TV host
Yaşar Büyükanıt, Chief of the Turkish General Staff
Eylül Cansın, transgender sex worker
Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek-French political philosopher
Hakan Celik, journalist, TV anchorman, radio producer
Hande Berktan, journalist, TV presenter
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, filmmaker
Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek academic, diplomat
Tansu Çiller, former prime minister
Bülent Ecevit, former prime minister
Neşe Erberk, Miss Europe 1984
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
Sertab Erener, singer
Ahmet Ertegün, co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records and the New York Cosmos
Nesuhi Ertegün, co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records and the New York Cosmos
Yonca Evcimik, pop singer
Leyla Gencer, opera singer
Fatma Girik, actress
Gregory V, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople
Ara Güler, photographer
Tunç Hamarat, correspondence chess world champion 2004
Tunch Ilkin, former American football player, TV anchor
Ertuğrul Işınbark, stage magician
Nihat Kahveci, football player
Elia Kazan, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist
Hülya Koçyiğit, actress
Fahri Korutürk, former president of Turkey
Lefter Küçükandonyadis, football player
Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion
Nasuh Mahruki, first Turkish person to summit Mt. Everest
Barış Manço, musician
Andrew Mango, British author
Arif Mardin, music producer
Kleanthis Maropoulos, Greek footballer
Alexander Mavrocordatos, Greek dragoman to Sultan Mehmed IV
Kostas Negrepontis, Greek footballer
Aziz Nesin, novelist
Marika Nezer, Greek singer
Irfan Orga, Turkish Air Force fighter pilot, diplomat, writer
Leon Walerian Ostroróg, jurist of Polish descent, adviser to the Ottoman government
Orhan Pamuk, novelist
Pekinel sisters, twin pianists
Ajda Pekkan, singer
Athinodoros Prousalis, Greek actor
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, opera singer
Alexandros Soutsos, Greek poet and partisan
Haldun Taner, playwright
Hidayet Türkoğlu, basketball player
Orhan Veli, poet
Stavros Xenidis, Greek actor
Hamza Yerlikaya, wrestler and Olympic gold medalist
Cem Yilmaz, stand-up comedian, actor
Alexander Ypsilantis (senior), Greek diplomat
Alexander Ypsilantis (junior), Greek military commander
Constantine Ypsilantis, Greek revolutionaryMazhar-Fuat-Özkan
Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan (MFÖ), also known by their original name Mazhar ve Fuat, is a Turkish pop and rock band with Mazhar Alanson, Fuat Güner and Özkan Uğur as members. While many of their songs poke fun at common Turkish types ("Ali Desidero", "Piskopatım") or satirise prejudice and corruption ("Deli Deli", "Rüşvet"), others are more spiritual in nature, showing their interest in Sufism ("Sufi", "Ateş-i Aşka").
In 1965, Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner first met at a record shop when Alanson saw Güner with a Beatles record in his hand and offered then a stranger Güner to listen the record together. Alanson and Güner would then start to work together and play in the Turkish band, Kaygısızlar, which includes other well known Turkish musicians like Ali Serdar, Semih Oksay, Fikret Kızılok, and Barış Manço. Having also played with Kaygısızlar, Özkan Uğur would start working with other musicians like Erkin Koray, Ersen ve Dadaşlar, and Kurtalan Ekspres after Kaygisizlar separated in 1971.
The same year, in 1971, Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner recorded the only album of Mazhar-Fuat. The title of the LP is Türküz Türkü Çağırırız. Following this LP's commercial failure, in 1976, Alanson and Güner formed the band, İpucu Beşlisi, with Özkan Uğur, Ayhan Sicimoğlu, and Galip Boransu, which would separate in 1978.
In 1984, MFÖ would release their first LP Ele Güne Karşı Yapayalnız which turned out to be a big hit. Though, it is accepted MFÖ is officially established in 1971 when Özkan Uğur first played with Mazhar and Fuat.Moğollar
Moğollar (Mongols in Turkish) is one of the pioneer bands in Turkish rock music for about 40 years and one of the founders of Turkish folk rock (or Anatolian rock). The major goal of the band is to prove that folk music has a multi-layered soul and folk music's dynamism is very close to pop music's dynamism.Müsaadenizle Çocuklar (Barış Manço)
Müsaadenizle Çocuklar (with your permission, guys) the 11th and the last studio album of Barış Manço released in 1995. Barış Manço returned to the music world with this album three years after "Mega Manço" album. "Müsaadenizle Çocuklar" song that was the most popular song of the album and aimed to criticize mainstream pop music.Rock music in Turkey
Anatolian rock (Turkish: Anadolu rock), also known as Turkish rock, is a fusion of Turkish folk and rock music. It emerged during the mid-1960s, soon after rock groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Status Quo and Omega became popular in Turkey. Examples of this style include Turkish musicians such as Cem Karaca, Barış Manço, Erkin Koray, Fikret Kızılok, Selda Bağcan, Erkut Taçkın, Cahit Oben, Selçuk Alagöz, Edip Akbayram alongside bands such as Moğollar, Silüetler, Kurtalan Ekspres, Grup Çığrışım, Grup Çağrışım, Mavi Işıklar, Apaşlar, Kaygısızlar, Haramiler, Modern Folk Üçlüsü and Kardaşlar. Today, Anatolian rock includes music derived from both traditional Turkish folk music and rock.Utku Ünal
Utku Ünal is a Turkish musician.
After having graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1995, Ünal decided to pursue his career in the field of music. That is the reason why he entered Bilgi University and obtained his masters in the field of music, thus concreting his understanding of music in an academic sense.
Between 2006-2007, Ünal completed his Master’s thesis on Analysis of usage of 5 and 10 timed Rhythms in the Southeastern Anatolian Region and has since continued his academic career as an instructor to various private education institutions. Amongst the private education institutions that he has worked with are Robert College, ENKA, Ulus Private Jewish Schools and Hisar Schools.
Furthermore, with the establishment of the Utku Ünal Music Workshop, he and his experienced team have continued to develop a new generation of talent, assisting not only the young and the inexperienced but the older and even professional aspirant to develop themselves in the piano, guitar, drums, violin, viola, percussion and vocal areas. Students studying at the workshop have the chance to participate in many local and internationally recognised programs that proffer the opportunity to study at a higher-level both domestically and at recognised institutions around Europe and the US. Since 2015 this workshop has created intense interest.
Beyond continuing to develop the workshop, Utku Ünal has continued to work with leading figures in the Turkish and international music industry. He has notably worked with Barış Manço, Moğollar, Sertab Erener, Edip Akbayram, Haluk Levent, Jozi Levi, Dream Theater'dan Kevin Moore, Gheorghe Zamfir, Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham on album development as well as playing at their concerts. With over 50 albums to his credit, Utku Ünal has played almost everywhere in Turkey.
A comprehensive list of artists with whom Utku Ünal has worked: Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Yankır, Bozkır, Barış Manço, Serdar Keskin, Ali Asker, Grup Yorum, Murat Evgin, Tahir Aydoğdu, Murat Kekilli, Murat Göğebakan, Edip Akbayram, Chroma Key, Ahmet Koç, Onur Akın, Murat Yılmaz Yıldırım, Erdal Güney, Mami, Serdar Öztop, Birol Can, Yakup, Arkabahçe, Cansu Koç, Haluk Levent, Koridor, Bülent Birinci, Onur Akın, Özgür Kıyat, Rock Sınıfı, Volkan Sönmez, Sertab Erener, Nurettin Rençber, Göksel, Moğollar, Göksel, Erdem Ergün, Nilüfer.
He is now working support of the Turkish female vocalist, Nilüfer.
Utku Ünal is married to Gülin Terek Ünal and is the father of a daughter, Cemre.Yılmaz Büyükerşen Wax Museum
Yılmaz Büyükerşen Wax Museum, also known as Eskişehir Wax Museum, (Turkish: Yılmaz Büyükerşen Balmumu Heykeller Müzesi) is a wax museum in Odunpazarı second level municipality in Greater Eskişehir, Turkey.
The museum is situated on Atatürk Boulevard at 39°45′54″N 30°31′19″E. It was established on 19 May 2013 by Yılmaz Büyükerşen, sculptor and the mayor of Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality. The museum revenues are to be used in the education of female students and in general students with disabilities.
There are 198 wax sculptures exhibited in five halls in the museum. The halls are;
Hall A: Atatürk (founder of Turkey) and his family, Turkish War of Independence, some of the Ottoman sultans
Hall B: Aviation, railroads, press, industry, science, sports, foreign leaders, Turkish actors and other artists
Hall C: Historical characters
Hall D: Democracy (in this hall taking photography is not permitted).
Hall E: Yılmaz Büyükerşen's personal exhibitionSome of the characters depicted are,:Mehmet II (1432–1481), Selim I (1470/1-1520), Süleyman I (1494–1566), Hürrem Sultan (1502/04-1558), Cengiz Topel (1934–1964), Sabiha Gökçen (1913–2001), Cüneyt Arkın (born 1937), Orhan Gencebay (born 1944), Hulusi Kentmen (1912–1993), Barış Manço (1943–1999), Kemal Sunal (1944–2000), Yunus Emre (1238–1320), Battal Gazi (690/5-740), Nasrettin Hoca (13th century), İlber Ortaylı (born 1947), Hıfzı Topuz (born 1923), Ataol Behramoğlu (born 1942), Emin Çölaşan (born 1942), Beyazıt Öztürk (born 1969), İlyas Salman (born 1949), Adile Naşit (1930–1987), Adnan Menderes (1899–1961), Turgut Özal (1927–1993).Özkan Uğur
Raif Özkan Uğur (born October 17, 1953) is a Turkish pop musician, member of the renowned band MFÖ and an actor.
He was born as the 5th child of his family. He graduated Reşat Nuri Güntekin Primary School where he met and started playing mandolin. Afterwards, while he was studying in Fenerbahçe High School, he formed a band called Atomikler and covered popular songs of the time.
He started his career as a musician in the Şerif Yüzbaşıoğlu Orchestra as a bass guitarist. In 1971, Özkan joined Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner in the duo "Kaygısızlar" ("The Unworrieds") The band was dissolved in 1972. Between 1972 and 1975, Özkan played Anatolian rock music with Barış Manço in his band Kurtalan Ekspres, in "TER" of Erkin Koray, "Dostlar" of Edip Akbayram, "Kardaşlar" of Seyhan Karabay and "Dadaşlar" of Ersen. In 1976, he left Anatolian rock music genre and joined the quintet "İpucu" led by the MFÖ trio. Özkan formed in 1978 the band "Grup Karma" with Galip Boransu and Cengiz Teoman. He is now playing in the group MFÖ (the three letters stand for the names of the three members: Mazhar Alanson, Fuat Güner, Özkan Uğur). While playing the bass guitar in MFÖ, he performs incredibly difficult vocals with his tenor timbre. He released "Aynada" ("In The Mirror" in Turkish) single from DMC in 2016.
He was also a judge in O Ses Türkiye (Turkish version of The Voice).