Rap now crusade against gambling

22:46, Aug 22 2012
Darci Goldsworthy
SPEAKING OUT: Nelson man Darci Goldsworthy left, with rapper Scribe. Darci has been selected as a finalist in a national rap competition aimed at preventing gambling harm.

The public face of the stand against pokies in the Victory community, Darci Goldsworthy, is a finalist in a national rap competition aimed at preventing harm from gambling.

Darci is one of six finalists from around the country in the Scribe With Us competition being run by Choice Not Chance and supported by rapper Scribe, who has battled his own pokie demons. Scribe chose the six finalists and helped them record their entries at a workshop held recently in Wellington.

Darci said getting to meet Scribe and record his track in a professional studio was an ‘‘awesome’’ experience.
He said he also got to meet rapper Ladi 6 and enjoyed hanging out with the other finalists.

Darci’s song, which is also named Choice Not Chance, is based on the experiences of people he has met who have had problems with gambling. The lyrics were also inspired by his own experience working to get pokies out of Victory. It is written from the perspective of a young boy whose mother suffers from gambling addiction.

‘‘I’m trying to give hope to people who are going through the problem of gambling,’’ he said.

The winner of the Scribe With Us contest will be chosen by online public votes. To vote visit: scribewithus.org.nz

Darci will also be performing at the Choice not Chance - The Nelson Experience event featuring Scribe at the top of Trafalagar St this Saturday.

The free event runs from 10am to 1pm and will include dancing and music with Darci hitting the stage around 11am.