Talents to go on display

MIgrants got talent finalists Mapalo Kawa Phiri and Mohammad Karimi. Inset: Justin Zinga.d400304
MIgrants got talent finalists Mapalo Kawa Phiri and Mohammad Karimi. Inset: Justin Zinga.d400304

Eight young migrants from around Perth have qualified for the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre’s annual Migrants Got Talent finals.

Wattle Grove resident Mapalo Phiri (23) will recite poetry, with her life experiences and Christian beliefs guiding her writing.

‘At first I didn’t realise it was poetry,’ she said.

‘A lot of the time it used to be more a release ” when things were happening in my life, I would write.

‘At the end I found out it was poetic.’

Originally from Zambia, Mapalo moved to Perth with her family six years ago and recently graduated from Curtin University, where she studied medicine.

Freestyle dancer Mohammed Karimi (14) from Tuart Hill has also made it into the finals, eight months after he started dancing.

Born in Iran, his family moved to Afghanistan then spent two months on Christmas Island before moving to Adelaide and then finally Perth last year.

Apprentice bricklayer and Balga resident Justin Zinga (21) will be one of three rappers in the finals.

He originally came from in Uganda, but moved to Perth 11 years ago, and started rapping about four years ago, listening to big-name artists like The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Izzy.