From Zimbabwe to KIlcar

michelle nic phaidin

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michelle nic phaidin

A fluent Irish speaking Zimbabwean is set to share his talents with students who come to learn Irish in Kilcar this Year. Cuthbert Arthura is originally from Zimbabwe but knows more about Irish culture than most Irish people.

A fluent Irish speaking Zimbabwean is set to share his talents with students who come to learn Irish in Kilcar this Year. Cuthbert Arthura is originally from Zimbabwe but knows more about Irish culture than most Irish people.

An excellent dancer, Tura moved to Belfast in 1993 when he was 19 years old. He teaches dance and has become an extremely familiar face in Irish language circles. The irish speaker performs a African tribal, hip hop and street dance as well as rapping in Irish. It was at one of these events that Tura first saw seán nós dancing.

This August he will bring his dancing shoes with him to the picturesque Gaeltacht village of Kilcar where students will come in their droves to learn the rich Irish the area has to offer. An excellent entertainer he will encourage those who come to coláiste Cill Chartha to speak Irish.

“I will be coming to help teach Irish in Kilcar this August. I am very much looking forward to it. I live in County Down at the moment but I will be staying down in Kilcar for the duration of the course. I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Students will enjoy seeing the entertainer perform all kinds of dances and when they are able joining in. He also raps in Irish and has christened this style of singing rap-nós.

“I really believe that the language of a country is very, very important, especially where a country has been colonised. They need to return to their language, to their culture to recognise their true essence, their soul and the authenticity of their soul. Ireland is now where Zimbabwe will soon be in terms of culture,” he said.

He is now married to Lisa and has three daughters Tatiana, Angel and Ceanna. He recently featured in a TG4 documentary “Steip Le Tura” last year which followed his exploration of sean nós dancing. Oranisers at the Coláiste Chartha are certain that they will benefit from his presence. They also offer kayaking, sports on Muckross beach, indoor sports at the Aisleann, special tours and much more.

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