It's been 30 years since the death of Queen's Freddie Mercury and his birthplace has a museum dedicated to the singer.

"Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the fandango?" I cry as I jump into a cab at Zanzibar's Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Not out loud, of course; just inside my head, where Freddie Mercury's baroque classic Bohemian Rhapsody is striking the highest of high notes. And just as well I keep it bottled up, for it turns out driver Nashun is baffled (and possibly a little offended) by this obsession foreign visitors have with that Zanzibari son, who left the island of his birth as a youth and became a global sensation in a far-off land.

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