Karma-Ann Swanepoel

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Karma-Ann Swanepoel was the lead singer of Henry Ate, a South African rock band. She subsequently went solo, releasing her first album Karma in 1998. The South African born singer shot to fame in the mid-1990s with hit songs like Just and Henry Ate.


Karma attained huge success in South Africa. Her song Just was counted as No. 1 in the 5FM 2001 countdown.[1]. Karma moved to the USA in 2003.[2]

Her musical style encompasses folk, acoustic, and South African harmony.

Civil litigation with Lil Wayne[edit]

Henry Ate's/Karma's song 'Once' is sampled by Lil Wayne in the mixtape track, I Feel Like Dying. The lawsuit accuses the recording artist of copyright infringement. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims Lil Wayne did not have permission to sample the song and is suing for compensatory damages. Lil Wayne did not profit directly from the song – it was leaked to the internet and passed via peer-to-peer websites and not sold on any retail album.[1]


Slap in the Face [1996]

One Day Soon (as Karma) [1998]

Torn and Tattered [2000]

96 - 02 - The Singles [2002]

Don't Walk Fly [2005]

Working Title [2005]

Even If She Tried [2008]

Paper Cuts [2008]



^ http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/2004-10-07/music3.html

^ http://www.cd.co.za/legends/90s/henry_ate_index.html