Barış Manço

Mehmet Barış Manço (born Tosun Yusuf Mehmet Barış Manço;[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Through his TV program, 7'den 77'ye ("From 7 to 77"), Manço traveled the world and visited most countries on the globe.[5] He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey.

Barış Manço
Barış Manço
Mehmet Barış Manço

2 January 1943
Died1 February 1999 (aged 56)
Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
OccupationSinger, songwriter, composer, actor, television producer and show host
Spouse(s)Marie Claude
(m. January – July 1970)
Lale Manço (Çağlar)
(m. 1978 – 1999)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1958–1999
Yavuz Plak
CBS Disques / Grammofoonplaten SABV
Emre Plak
Associated actsMoğollar, Kafadarlar, Harmoniler, Les Mistigris, Kaygısızlar, Barış Manço Ve ..., Kurtalan Ekspres, George Hayes Orchestra
Barış Manço imza

Early life and career

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.[1] Manço was of partial Albanian descent.[6]

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.

7'den 77'ye and 1990s

Erkan Umut & Baris Manco in Mexico 1998
Cameraman Erkan Umut and Barış Manço in Teotihuacan, Mexico in 1998.
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Barış Manço Museum.

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.


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The grave of Barış Manço at Kanlıca Cemetery in Kanlıca, Istanbul.

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.

He was interred at Kanlıca Cemetery in Istanbul.[7]


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.

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Wax sculpture of Barış Manço at his house (Barış Manço Evi) in the Moda quarter of Istanbul, today a museum.[8]



  • Dünden Bugüne (1972) (Sayan)
  • 2023 (1975) (Yavuz Plak)
  • Sakla Samanı Gelir Zamanı (1976) (Yavuz)
  • Baris Mancho, released as Nick The Chopper in Turkey (1976) (CBS Disques/Grammofoonplaten S.A.B.V., CBS 81784, Yavuz LP)
  • Yeni Bir Gün (1979) (Yavuz ve Burç Plakçılık)
  • 20 Sanat Yılı Disco Manço (1980) (Türküola)
  • Sözüm Meclisten Dışarı (1981) (Türküola)
  • Estağfurullah ... Ne Haddimize! (1983) (Türküola)
  • 24 Ayar Manço (1985) (Emre Plakçılık)
  • Değmesin Yağlı Boya (1986) (Emre Plakçılık)
  • 30 Sanat Yılı Fulaksesuar Manço - Sahibinden İhtiyaçtan (1988) (Emre Plakçılık)
  • Darısı Başınıza (1989) (Yavuz ve Burç Plakçılık)
  • Mega Manço (1992) (Emre Plak)
  • Müsaadenizle Çocuklar (1995) (Emre Plak)
  • Barış Manço Live In Japan (1996) (Emre Plak)
  • Mançoloji (1999) (Emre Plak)
  • Barış Manço Golden Rollers (2018) (Tunas Tunes)


With Harmoniler

  • Twistin USA / The Jet (1962) (Grafson MGG 515)
  • Do The Twist / Let's Twist again (1962) (Grafson MGG 516)
  • Cit Cit Twist / Dream Girl (1963) (Grafson MGG 566)

With Jacques Denjean Orchestra

  • Baby Sitter / Quelle Peste / Jenny Jenny / Un Autre Amour Que Toi (1964) (Rigolo 18.726)

With Les Mistigris

  • Il Arrivera / Une Fille (1966) (Sahibinin Sesi 45-AX 3092)
  • Bien Fait Pour Toi / Aman Avcı Vurma Beni (1966) (Sahibinin Sesi 45-AX 3093)
  • Bizim Gibi / Big Boss Man / Seher Vakti / Good Golly Miss Molly (1967) (Sayan)

With Kaygısızlar

  • Kol Düğmeleri / Big Boss Man / Seher Vakti / Good Golly Miss Molly (1967) (Sayan FS-144)
  • Kızılcıklar / I'll Go Crazy (1968) (Sayan FS-171)
  • Bebek / Keep Lookin' (1968) (Sayan FS-179)
  • Karanlıklar İçinde / Trip - To a Fair (1968) (Sayan FS-180)
  • Boğaziçi / Flower of Love (1968) (Sayan FS-194)
  • Runaway / Unutamıyorum (1969) (Sayan FS-199)
  • Aglama Değmez Hayat / Kirpiklerin Ok Ok Eyle (1969) (Sayan FS 204)
  • Kağızman / Anadolu (1969) (Sayan FS 213)

With Barış Manço Ve

  • Derule / Küçük Bir Gece Müziği (1970) (Sayan FS-223)
  • Dağlar Dağlar 1 / Dağlar Dağlar 2 (1970) (Sayan 229)

With Moğollar

  • İşte Hendek İşte Deve / Katip Arzuhalim Yaz Yare Boyle (1971) (Sayan FS-266)

With Moğollar / Kaygısızlar

  • Bin Boğanın Kızı / Ay Osman (1971) (Sayan FS-271)

With Kaygısızlar / Les Mistigris

  • Fil ile Kurbağa / Je te Retrouverais (1972) (Sayan FS 279)

With Kurtalan Ekspres

  • Ölüm Allah'ın Emri / Gamzedeyim Deva Bulmam (1972) (Yavuz YA 1544)
  • Lambaya Püf De / Kalk Gidelim Küheylan (1973) (Yavuz YA 1548)
  • Gönül Dağı / Hey Koca Topcu Genç Osman (1973) (Yavuz YA 1554)
  • Nazar Eyle Nazar Eyle / Gülme Ha Gülme (1974) (Yavuz YA 1562)
  • Bir Bahar Akşamı / Estergon Kalesi (1974) (Yavuz YA 1569)
  • Ben Bilirim /2023 (1975) (Yavuz Plak YA 1573)
  • Çay Elinden Öteye Rezil Dede / Vur Ha Vur (1976) (Yavuz Plak YA 1580)
  • Ride On Miranda (1976) (CBS / Sony Music)
  • Blue Morning Angel (1976) (CBS / Sony Music)
  • Tell Me Old Man (1976) (CBS / Sony Music)

With George Hayes Orchestra / Kurtalan Ekspres

  • Nick the Chopper / Lonely Man (1977) (Yavuz YA 1584)

With Kurtalan Ekspres

  • Hal Hal / Eğri Eğri Doğru Doğru Eğri Büğrü Ama Yine De Doğru (1981) (Türküola 239)



  1. ^ a b "İşte Barış Manço'nun gerçek adı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 8 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  2. ^ Pronounced [toˈsun juˈsuf mehˈmet baɾˈɯʃ manˈtʃo]
  3. ^ Variety's Film Reviews 1985–1986 (Vol 19) by R R Bowker Publishing, ISBN 978-0-8352-2799-5
  4. ^ "Baris Manco". Light Millennium. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ M. Ali Eren; Muhsin Öztürk (6 February 1999). "Türkiye Barış'ı arıyor" (in Turkish). Aksiyon Dergisi. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  6. ^ "arnavut-her-yerde-arnavuttur". 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  7. ^ Eşit, Elif (31 January 2016). "Barış Manço, mezarı başında dualarla anıldı". Cihan News Agency (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Barış Manço House Museum".

Further reading

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Kanlıca Cemetery

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Kurtalan Ekspres

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Herbie Hancock

Jean Michel Jarre

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Edgar Winter


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Paul Meany of Mutemath

George Duke

Jan Hammer

Chick Corea (Chick Corea Elektric Band)

Indra Lesmana

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Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Elisa Schwartz, formerly of Cobra Starship

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Bridgit Mendler

Matthew Bellamy of Muse

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin

Robert Lamm of Chicago


Paul Hardcastle

Sandy Marton

Henrik Klingenberg of Sonata Arctica

Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater

Geoff Downes of Asia

John Lawry of Petra

Lady Gaga

Joe Atlan

Simon Kvamm of the Dan Nephew

Howard Jones English pop singer

Christopher Bowes of Alestorm

Vadim Pruzhanov of Dragonforce

Barış Manço

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots

Yenny of Wonder Girls

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Pablo Lescano

David Garcia

Thomas Dolby

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Keytar Bear

Thomas Anders

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Holly Knight

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List of people from Istanbul

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Müjde Ar, actress

Oğuz Aral, cartoonist

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Cenk Aydin, businessman

Hulusi Behçet, dermatologist

Semiha Berksoy, opera singer

Orhan Boran, radio and TV host

Aydın Boysan

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

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Nihat Kahveci, football player

Elia Kazan, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist

Hülya Koçyiğit, actress

Fahri Korutürk, former president of Turkey

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Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion

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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.


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Müsaadenizle Çocuklar (Barış Manço)

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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).

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