Birth Name: Farrokh Bulsara
Date of Birth: 5 September, 1946
Place of Birth: Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)
Date of Death: 24 November, 1991
Place of Death: Kensington, London, England, U.K.
Ethnicity: Parsi Indian
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was the lead singer of the band Queen. Other members of the band include or have included John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor.
Freddie was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, in the British protectorate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania), an island. His parents, Jer and Bomi Rustomji Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of India. His father worked as a cashier at the British Colonial Office in Zanzibar. The surname Bulsara is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad), in southern Gujarat.
Freddie’s family was of the Zoroastrian religion. He spent much of his youth in India and Zanzibar, and moved to London, England, when he was seventeen. In India, he attended St. Peter’s School, a British-style boarding school for boys.
Throughout his career, he was hesitant to talk about his ethnic background. This was something he was criticized for. He is considered Britain’s first Asian rock star.
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