by: michael eli dokosi/blakkpepper.com/ghana
Their music name the Unruly Family might connote violence but Osei Bonsu Kennedy a.k.a. Tuff Tonda was quick to explain to blakkpepper.com that his good self and partner chose the name because money cannot be ruled and given that they are focused on their music, no mic or stage can rule or intimidate them.
Tuff Tonda and Black Jee real name Thompson Apeti making up Unruly Family has offered a new tune ‘Party Up’ featuring Eye Judah for folks to groove to and unwind with. According to Tonda, the ‘Party Up’ (Drink Up) riddim tune recorded and mixed by Sicnarf Beatz is a follow up on their ‘Better Days’ song produced by Nana Kay stressing that folks would have to consume ‘Better Days’ to fully appreciate ‘Party Up’ since after toil celebrations must follow.
Since its release a few weeks ago, Unruly Family has been pleasantly surprised with the warm reception the song has garnered and according to Tuff Tonda; it’s a sign of greater things to come.
Delving deeper into his makeup, Tuff Tonda submitted he grew up together with Black Jee in the Teshie military barracks starting out as friends before promoting the union to brotherhood. He added even though the music department of Unruly Family comprises the two of them, there is a larger crew of about 12 men with Benben, Noris Gator, Ralph Dinko, Walter J and Mario King being notables.
Although Unruly has professionally been out for 2 years, Tuff Tonda states “we are out to use music to speak to Ghana and the world, offer inspiration to folks and make some good money.”
He added 20 songs have so far been produced with 12 of those making the rounds with ‘Jah Guide, ‘Stay Inna Yuh Lane’, ‘Better Days’ and ‘Party Up’ falling on fertile minds and hearts.
He stated it took a music producer friend to prick a desire in him to do commercial music since he was a choir boy but credits Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Busy Signal and Jupita (even before he blew up) as persons whose music he fed on.
Describing their music as reggae-dancehall in the love and consciousness vein, Black Jee whose dad is Staff Sergeant Dontoh who tutors recruits in electrical and explosive handling says having lived all his life in the barracks, he found no appeal in also being a soldier hence the music path he’s chosen.
Interestingly his mum has Unruly Family’s song ‘Praise to the father’ as her ringtone with his 3 siblings all supportive of his chosen path. Since no substantial sums are coming from the music just yet, Black Jee is also a business man who buys and sells electronic gadgets to make some dough.
The duo’s sight however is set on securing wins at the Bass Awards then to the VGMA and Grammys. Black Jee opined he admires the tough style of Shatta Wale, the musical depths of Stonebwoy and the rapid rise of Episode.
For Tuff Tonda who got the tuff from his brother for his unyielding nature before adding the Tonda himself, convincing Command Sergeant Major Osei George Wilford of the Ghana Armed Forces to buy into his musical dream has not been easy but having secured basic education at Rising Star in Teshie and secondary education at Anum Presby in the Eastern region, it is music he sees himself doing for the long haul.
He singled out a senior in SHS Benjamin Baah as one who saw and believed in his musical prospects even while in school adding that he is grateful to his mum Doris Abena Pokua for her patience and love.
Unruly Family has graced a few stages including Iwan’s Armageddon mixtape launch at Newtown as well as Iwan’s birthday bash at Akuma Village. Ras Kuuku’s show at Dome Gym Centre as well as Dawuro Beach Bash at Labadi.
“In Ghana I reckon its Eye Judah who is offering real dancehall without apology. In foreign I like Bounty Killer and new guy Rising” the tuff Tonda thundered.
According to Tonda he’s had passion for reggae-dancehall since class 4 thanks to his father who used to play Buju Banton, Lucky Dube and Bob Marley tunes.
To sharpen his Patois skills, Tuff Tonda has been to a few bobo camps, read on the subject and keenly consumed films and videos in Patois language.
To enhance their visibility, Unruly Family plans to drop a video for ‘Better Days’ and then follow it up a month later with the video of ‘Party Up’ to mash up the place.
Unruly Family can be reached on social media platforms:
For money men seeking to invest in a viable talent, Unruly Family’s doors are open for such partnership. They can reached via cell line 0249351179.
For supporting the duo in good and bad times, Tuff Tonda and Black Jee offered thanks to Ralph Dinko, Ras Kwame, Hajia Unruly, Promoter J, Ras Kuuku, Sicnarf Beatz, Benben and Jullie Jay-Kaz for their love and support.
Enjoy ‘Party Up’ by Unruly Family: