His parents sent the 8-year-old Farrukh to St Peter’s School in India. At that time, the Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar had a significant formative influence on him from a musical point of view. Already in school, Farrukh began to call himself Freddie and became fascinated by rock’n’roll.
Freddie Mercury was born on 5 September 1946 in the Stone City the oldest district of Zanzibar, to a Parsi family from Gujarat. At birth the boy was named Farrukh (in Persian, "happy").
In 1958, five friends from St Peter’s School formed their first rock band, which they called The Hectics. The band played mostly rock and roll at school parties, dances and celebrations.
In early 1964, an anti-feudal Zanzibar revolution took place in Zanzibar, marking the end of the Sultanate. The People’s Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba was proclaimed.
Due to the political turmoil in the country, the Bulsara family flew to the United Kingdom with only two suitcases of clothing.
After arriving in England, Freddie, who was eighteen at the time, was painting. During his holidays, he worked as a packer in the supply department of Heathrow Airport in London, then as a loader in a warehouse.
In the summer of 1969, twenty-three-year-old Freddie graduated from Ealing College with a diploma in digital art and design. Freddie’s thesis was based entirely on Hendrix’s work.