Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara

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Today is the Brithday of Farrokh Bulsara – probably the most famous migrant / refugee of all times. Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફારોખ બલસારા, Pharōkh Balsārā‌) was born in Stone Town in the British protectorate of the Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) on 5 September 1946.

His parents, Bomi (1908–2003) and Jer Bulsara (1922–2016), were Parsis from the Gujarat region of the then-province of Bombay Presidency in British India. As Parsis, Bulsara and his family practised the Zoroastrian religion.

At the age of 17, Bulsara and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution,  in which thousands were killed. The family moved into a small house at 22 Gladstone Avenue, Feltham, Middlesex, England.

Only many years later he founded a Rock Band and became famous under the assumed name of Freddie Mercury.

In 1992, Bulsara was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2002, he was placed number 58 in the BBC’s 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He is consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.

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