The world’s first Freddie Mercury museum is on an African island


Stone Town, Zanzibar(CNN)— The next tiny, narrow alley in the historic stone town of Zanzibar, an old building beckons to visitors. Faded photographs are pinned in the door and within, a library of glossy photos and old newspaper clippings to guide the way to the room of the core section:a black piano has an interesting history.

A young Zanzibar children once played that piano. His name is Farrokh Bulsara, but you may know him better Freddie Mercury.

The gorgeous frontman of the British rock band Queen, Mercury was born in Zanzibar, half of the self-governing island of the coast of Tanzania. This Museum is dedicated to his memory.
Freddie Mercury(centre, front)poses with Queen band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon circa 1973.

Freddie Mercury(centre, front)poses with Queen band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon circa 1973.

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A melting pot of culture and traditions of Zanzibar, known for its sunset and spices, and has been an increasingly popular tourist destination, since Stone Town was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
In”Bohemian Rhapsody,”hit the 2018 film, won the Rami Malek Academy Award for his depiction of Mercury, the late singer’s popularity, and here also on the rise.
Zanzibar businessman Javed added Trevor Francis co-owner of the Freddie Mercury Museum. Added Trevor Francis is a College student in London in the mid-1980s, when he first became a fan. “At that time, many people don’t know(Mercury)from Zanzibar,”he said.

Even today, many people don’t know about the Mercury of Zanzibar roots, said Francisco economy. His goal is to put Rock On Rock History map.

Music talent spent on Zanzibar Island

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th, 1946 in Stone Town.

The Bulsara family is a Parsi from India, followers of Zoroastrianism, the ancient Persian religion.

It is believed that the young Farrokh first began to sing, in the town of the Zoroastrian temple when he was a child.

At the time, there are about 300 members of the Parsi community in Zanzibar. Today, only a few Remain, and the temple has long been abandoned.

This photo shows Freddy Mercury in his 4-year-old birthday in Zanzibar, is a rare childhood photos on display in the Museum.

This photo shows Freddy Mercury in his 4-year-old birthday in Zanzibar, is a rare childhood photos on display in the Museum.

Freddy Mercury Zanzibar Museum

Mercury spent most of his child in Zanzibar, and attended boarding school in India. In the early 1960s, his family moved to the UK.

Less than a decade later, Mercury formed Queen–to achieve rock legend status. He never returned to his birthplace.

Honoring a hometown hero

In 2002, the governors of the Franciscan opened a small souvenir shop called Mercury House in the previous home for the Bulsara family.

“I realized that there was a history behind this building,”he said.

Nearly twenty years after the release of the movie”Bohemian Rhapsody”inspired by governors Economic to think big. A surprise visit to Zanzibar Island-The Queen guitarist Brian May seal the deal.

“(May)take a picture outside of the building and(paste)on his Instagram page said,”added Trevor Francis.

Added Trevor Francis and his friend Andrea Boero, is also a Mercury fan, joint Queen Production Co., Ltd. In the UK Mercury House into a Museum, according Mercury the first few years in Zanzibar. The Museum is open November 24, 2019, the 28th anniversary of mercury’s death.

However, in March, the coronavirus pandemic of attacks, and the Museum had to close. They also had to postpone the start of the mercury tour, a trekking tourist attractions in Stone Town, Mercury spent his childhood.

Despite the setbacks, plus Trevor Francis and his team are optimistic about the future.

“We really wanted to create awareness of Freddie Mercury in Zanzibar and Tanzania in General,”said Anam Adnan, the General management of the Museum. “We want people to celebrate him, love him.”

But to celebrate Freddie Mercury in Zanzibar is complex. With mercury back to later in life,he will probably be tough to get accepted in a predominantly Muslim community, homosexuality is illegal.

“We did not pay much attention to his personal life because this is a controversial topic Zanzibaris,”said Adnan. On the contrary, she said, the Museum’s focus is on Mercury’s music and his art. “This is the greatest tribute that we as Zanzibaris, you can do for him.”

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