(Picture courtesy of Javed Jafferji)
The first ever Museum dedicated to the world music legend Freddie Mercury, has been opened on the island of Zanzibar and is located in Shangani in the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town. The new tourism facility was officially inaugurated to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the passing of the beloved rock music legend Freddie Mercury.
The Freddie Mercury Museum is officially partnered with Queen Productions Ltd. in the United Kingdom, who have loaned an exclusive picture gallery of Freddie Mercury throughout different stages in his life and musical career.
This project aims to showcase a detailed accord of the birth town of Farrokh Bulsara, his roots with the Zoroastrian religion, his childhood and upbringing in Zanzibar, followed by his schooling in Panchgani, India, and then the rest of his journey to becoming one of the greatest stars of all time.
Founders Andrea Boero and Javed Jafferji pay tribute with the Freddie Mercury Museum to this Zanzibar born legend who has touched the hearts of millions around the world.
Javed Jafferji commented ‘In 2002, being a Queen fan, I came back from the United Kingdom and named this building in Shangani ‘Mercury House’. I always had this vision, it took me 15 years to make this dream a reality, but it was totally worth it. This is my tribute to the legend who we’ve known and admired all our lives. Being a Zanzibari, I am very happy to be involved in a landmark project, which will cement the history of Freddie for many years to come.”
Andrea Boero then added: “This concept which we have had for many years has finally become a reality. A project that we and our future generations can cherish. We have been dedicated to this museum, trying to accumulate a lot of material, witnesses from people who were a part of his life in order to make this a solid tribute.” Javed then said he encourages Freddie Mercury and Queen fans from all around the world to come to Zanzibar, to take part in this pilgrimage for Freddie Mercury.
Guests staying at Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar can visit the museum, which is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The entrance price is $10 for adults and $6 children.
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