Stone Town, Zanzibar (CNN) — Down a small, narrow alley in the historic Stone Town neighborhood of Zanzibar, an old building beckons to visitors. Faded photographs are pinned outside the door while inside, a gallery of glossy pictures and old newspaper clippings lead the way to the room’s centerpiece: a black piano with an interesting history.A young Zanzibari boy once played that piano. His name was Farrokh Bulsara, but you probably know him better as Freddie Mercury.
The flamboyant frontman of British rock band Queen, Mercury was born in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania. This museum is dedicated to his memory.
Imagine, Bob Geldof had to convince Freddie to participate in Live Aid. Geldof said, “Fred, why wouldn’t you do it? The entire stage was built for you, practically. Darling, the world.” But once Queen was convinced of the shows epic scale, they agreed to take the stage at 6:41 pm. An audience of 70,000, Queen took the stage and in Freddie fashion, Magic was created, he was PHENOMENAL and he stole that show with his plain but gorgeous blue wranglers and tank. 20 minutes of pure magic that marked history and we will never ever forget the power of Freddie.