DJ Ruff Win Pioneer and Rane Gear

In January 11, 2016
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There are many great ways to cross over into a new year, but few beat being crowned winner at a grueling competition, and nobody understands this better than one Raphael Nyamu, better known by his stage name: DJ Ruff, who emerged top in Gifted DJs 2015.

The six-week competition which began in November, started with an online submission of over 200 mixes from across the country, from which 70 were short listed for the first elimination.

Two subsequent elimination rounds in which the contestants battled for their lives at the academy saw the most impressive seven acts sail through the semifinals.

The finals, held during Groove Party 2015, at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani took place before a live audience at one of the three arenas: The Gifted Stage. Each contestant brought their A game; after all, they each had five minutes on the decks to impress both the crowd and a panel comprising of some of Kenya’s best gospel turn tablists: Dj Krowbar, Dj Sadic, Dj GeeGee and Tukuza/Tendereza producer, MistaSam who was the Gifted DJs Academy Principal.

“I hoped and prayed to win, but I chose to focus all my energy into preparing the best set possible and pour myself into the performance,” says DJ Ruff. His strategy paid off; by the time his performance was over, the crowd had gone wild: chanting his name as the panel gave him a standing ovation.

When the judges convened to review the performances, a unanimous vote saw DJ Ruff bag the title, much to the delight of the crowd.

The turn tablist who has been playing on gospel radio shows has big plans for the future: “I am both humbled by and grateful for the win, I have been praying for a chance to get a gospel TV mix show and I believe this is the best platform to get me there. I also plan to play better this year, push my brand to a wider audience and mentor at least one upcoming deejay!

The 28 year old takes home a Cdj 2000 Nexer digital turn table, a Rane mixer, five Safaricom events and a fully customised website.

Congratulations to DJ Ruff keep growing and keep glowing!





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