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1) Ruffneck was a house act consisting of Derek A. Jenkins, Dave Daniels, Dwayne Richardson, Shaheer Williams, Stephen B. Wilson, and Joanne Thomas aka Yavahn. They debuted in 1987 with “The Power - The Rhythm”, featuring Thomas’ future co-member of Jomanda, Cheri Williams, on vocals. They didn’t emerge on the scene again until 1995, when their track “Everybody Be Somebody”, featuring Yavahn, hit the dance charts worldwide. They followed this up with several singles and the album New Life in 1999. Unfortunately Yavahn passed away in 2003 after a battle with colon cancer. Ruffneck released a few more singles over the next couple of years featuring Yavahn’s vocals.

2) DJ Ruffneck - Patrick van Kerckhoven

At the age of 15 Patrick started playing in some local clubs. During that time he was inspired by the House Sound of Chicago, Detroit Techno, Kraftwerk, Georgio Moroder and the likes and was eager to produce similar music himself.
After having played around youth houses, and in local clubs where he was actually being throwed out of because of playing “his” house music, Patrick was even more then ever convinced of the mission he just had to make.
Remember that in the time Patrick was already busy with house music, most people on this side of the continent didn’t even knew of the existence of the words “House Music”, Jack, Jacking or “The Warehouse”!
However, it took some years for Patrick to be able to move the spotlight on his person, but that just was a needed fase to go through.

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