Sumary of The obscure, exotic island that gave birth to one of the world’s greatest rock stars:
- ” I cry as I jump into a cab at Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.
- just inside my head, where Freddie Mercury’s baroque classic Bohemian Rhapsody is striking the highest of high notes.
- ” Freddie Mercury, age 6. Photo: Alamy Dr David Livingstone – whose post-nominal title derives from the words uttered to him by explorer Henry Stanley upon their meeting in the depths of Africa – will be oft-mentioned during my sojourn on this island.
- his star outshines that of the rock star who was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town in 1946, after his Parsi-Indian parents – followers of Zoroastrianism, a religion which originated in Persia – moved here from Gujarat.
- “After Livingstone died his body was returned to Britain, but his heart was buried, as per an earlier request, beneath a tree in a remote corner of Zambia.
- Beyond the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town spreads an elongated landmass fringed by mangrove swamps, white beaches and a tourmaline sea speckled with the archipelago’s smaller islands;