Tumelo Kepadisa was born on 2 May, 1981 in Mafikeng, in the former homeland of the Bophuthatswana. He is simply known as Tuks or Tuks Senganga is a South African Motswako rapper. He frequently performs in ethnic languages, though mostly Setswana. Tuks started writing in 1993, drawing inspiration from everyday issues in his immediate environment. His career took off in 2005 with his debut album “Mafoko a me”. This was the album that earned Tuks the Best Hip Hop Album Award at the 12th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMA)
A fellow Motswako artist once said “poetry is both lyric and content; one without the other can never be on point”. These words encapsulate what Tuks is about, paying homage to one of the most critical aspects of the five elements of hip hop for an MC. Rhythm and Poetry. The art of story-telling in Setswana and English started a movement that was later dubbed Motswako and has had head-honchos like Senganga at its fore-front for over five years
In 2005, with the rise and rise of the Motswako movement, arrived with the now classic debut from Tuks which was titled .Mafoko A Me (My Words). The album had already received major reviews and a number of singles had been on high rotation on all national radio stations before its release. Mafoko A Me went on to win Senganga his first SAMA for Best Hip Hop Album, a well-deserved accolade.
In 2006 he released his sophomore MC Prayer which was certified gold four months after its release. The production style and quality was leaps ahead of Mafoko A Me and the leading single “Monate Thwa” saw the album flying off shelves, and another SAMA nod in the form of a nomination for the Best Hip Hop album and a Metro FM Award win tagged along on Tuks’ journey as a respected hip hop lyricist
He took a two year break from the industry to work on his business interests and came back in 2008 with the thought-provoking third offering, “Monopoly” which was influenced by several conspiracy theory documentaries. In his story-telling form, he goes on to say : “There is something wrong with the world and the way that people are controlled by the media, by music, belief systems and by religion”, he adds “this album is ear-friendly, with a pinch of the truth. It’s not about the industry. I’m taking it a step further.
In 2010, he independently released Tshwanelo which was a big shift from the sounds that we had been accustomed to, from Tuks. Its leading single, which is also the album title, topped charts across the country before the album availed itself to the public and once again saw Senganga standing his ground as a solid Hip Hop artist in South Africa
2012 sees Tuks as a take-no-prisoners artist with September 2012 release of his 5th studio album: Footprints. The leading single, Bona Fela, is the soundtrack to a hit South African TV drama series called Skeem Saam which debuted on TV screens in October 2011.