Mustapha (3:01)

Cover of Jazz

From Jazz and 16 other releases

“Mustapha” is a song written by Freddie Mercury and recorded by English rock band Queen. It is the first track of their 1978 album Jazz. “Mustapha” was released as a single in Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia and Bolivia in 1979, although it didn’t cause much of an impact on the charts.

In live performances, Mercury would often sing the opening vocals of “Mustapha” in place of the complex introduction to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, going from “Allah we’ll pray for you” to “Mama, just killed a man…”. However, sometimes the band performed an almost full version of the song from the Crazy Tour in late 1979 to The Game Tour in 1980, with Mercury at the piano. They dropped the second verse and went from the first chorus to the third. Also notable is that the song was often requested by the audience, as can be heard on Live Killers.

Although some fans believe that Mercury could speak more languages because of the lyrics of this song (and others such as “La Japonaise” and parts of “Bohemian Rhapsody”), he only knew English and perhaps Gujarati or Hindi, because of his Indian background and education in India (Gujarati is the native language of the Parsis).

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