Songs My Aunties Taught Me

Songstress Heru Pinkasova & bona fide beatboxer Dr Rhythm recall good and dodgy wisdom of aunties.

PNG born songstress Heru Pinkasova & bona fide beatboxer Dr Rhythm will be recalling the good and sometimes dodgy wisdom of our aunties. You know, we all have that one Aunty … But what is an aunty? My sista reckons it’s any woman who cares for you, inspires or comforts you. We’ll be looking back at great women of colour in music, like Aunty Ella, Aunty Dame Kiri & Aunty Leontyn.

Now this Aunty, Heru, will also be getting an up-grade on her operatic rep with Dr Rhythm, who’ll be dropping the bass & mixing it up, covering everything from Islander tunes of childhood to Puccini’s Turandot (evil aunty), Verdi’s The Force of Destiny & Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

Laugh, cry, be amazed by the human voice and the comfort it brings.

The title “Songs my aunties taught me” is a nod towards Dvorák’s piece from 1880, “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, in which Dvorák reminisces about music passed from one generation to the next.


“ Opera singer Heru Pinkasova’s powerfully rich voice .... was spellbinding, her arias hypnotic and an absolutely regal presence on stage. If a lioness could sing she would sound like this.”

Julia Chamberlain on The Clothesline

Port Moresby born soprano, Heru Pinkasova was raised in Cairns, then studied in Brisbane and the Czech Rep. In recent years she has workshopped a new opera called Three Marys with Sydney composer Andrée Greenwell & was a singer for The Beginning of Nature, with Australian Dance Theatre, joining them for their European & Australian tours. For Adelaide Fringe Festival & Judith Wright Centre Heru performed with Hot Brown Honey Burlesque Cabaret. In 2014 Heru played Queenie in Show Boat for The Production Company, Melbourne. She has worked with Opera Queensland for many years in mainstage productions, school residencies and is a Young Artist Program alumni.

Dr Rhythm:

Dr Rhythm ... take a big breath... Beatboxer, drummer , TV host, DJ and MC. Co Host of ABC3’s kids show ‘What do you know?’, stand out act on Australia’s Got Talent, former London Beatbox Champ and he is an internationally, multi award winning street performer, versatile voice over artist and energetic festival / stage Mc . Jonny has a reputation for being the man that can and will do anything, so trying to pigeonhole exactly what he can do is tricky, because he does it all!?

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