Diggy Dupé speaks up about impacts of gambling on Pacific communities in new track ‘CT&T’

Written by on June 19, 2020

Auckland rapper Diggy Dupé demonstrates why he’s a rising star of the local scene with ‘CT&T’ the second track from his forthcoming album That’s Me, That’s Team, due for release later this year.

Short for Cuppa Tea & Toast, ‘CT&T’ talks frankly about the struggles of low incomes and gambling addiction in his family and community. The track talks about the two sides of the gambling industry – one side getting richer, and the other getting poorer, existing on tea and toast through the cold of winter. The heartfelt lyrics overlay a nostalgic Island-influenced beat by genius producer Christoph El’ Truento, continuing the tradition of Diggy Dupé speaking out about the issues faced by the central Auckland Pacific community he’s part of.

To me, it’s a set up. To others it’s a bit of fun. But there’s no denying the harm it causes,” Diggy says.

Sad cause I know there’s people out there who think it’s a quick fix to solve all their problems like “if only I hit the jackpot I can pay for this and that” and all will be right in the world. It ain’t that simple though.

It’s not all grim, Diggy has learned from what’s around him and is determined to live a better way.

That’s why I don’t gamble my money
I handle my money
Invest and plan wit my money
Learn and expand wit my money

To all the families out there I wish them all the best this winter, stay warm. The room I lived in at my family house was a fridge, no shit I was raised next to black mould and all that so I know what it’s like to rough it out at night.”

“Be smart with your finances. Or not. It’s really up to you. Just feed yourself before you feed the machines cuz.

‘CT&T’ is available on all streaming platforms, following ‘Keke Boy‘. The 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Award Best Hip Hop Act finalist will release his debut album in the second half of 2020 on DRM.

Gerhart Berking (Mapu Maia), Diggy Dupé and Ian Beatmaster Wright

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Anyone who needs to talk about own gambling and/or is affected by someone else’s gambling they can contact Mapu Maia for free on 0800 21 21 22 or visit www.mapumaia.nz to talk to someone confidentially in their own language.

About Mapu Maia

Mapu Maia is a subsidiary of the Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ (PGF Group) and was established to provide Pacific counselling and public health service in the area of problem gambling. Since its set up in 2009, Mapu Maia services has evolved and expanded to include public health and health promotion, counselling in co-existing issues and other addictions, community advocacy, delivering educational and therapeutic programs on addictive behaviours in prisons, community settings and within external community providers.

Mapu Maia provides high quality, culturally appropriate and in-language services to individuals, families and communities that are affected by gambling harm, co-existing issues, other personal addictions and mental health issues. Mapu Maia uses its experience and expertise when integrating clinical intervention with public health activities in the community.

With its staff located nationally, Mapu Maia can offer services anywhere in New Zealand via telephone or teleconference technology, with face-to-face services being offered around its physical locations of Auckland, Wellington City, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Levin and Christchurch. Mapu Maia is staffed and managed by Pacific and to ensure it stays on mission and remains culturally relevant, is governed by a Pasifika Advisory Board.

Currently funded by Ministry of Health (through PGF Group), Mapu Maia has successfully supported thousands of clients and communities and is called upon by the Ministry of Health to provide leadership and consultation to other Pasifika gambling harm minimisation service providers.

If anyone needs to talk about their own gambling and/or is affected by someone else’s gambling they can contact Mapu Maia:

Free Phone 0800 21 21 22 or visit our website www.mapumaia.nz for further information. All our services are free and confidential.


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