|Industry||Music and entertainment|
|Owner||Dawala (Wati Boss)|
Wati B is an independent French record label established in 2000 by Dawala and the French rap group Intouchable. Wati B comes from "wati bɛɛ", a Bambara language expression that means "all the time". Dawala directs the operations of the label.
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Due to the popularity of its signed acts across the French-speaking world, Wati B established its own "Wati B" line of fashion apparel with the first "Wati Boutique" opened on 1 February 2011 in Paris.
The label has signed many acts including the very successful Sexion d'Assaut. It also produced Pur Son Guetto series with two volumes released.
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|Name||Member artists (if applicable)|
|Sexion d'Assaut|| Maître Gims |
JR O Chrome
|L'Institut|| Docteur Bériz |
Le H de guerre
|Shin Sekaï|| Dadju |
|Red Cross||Geezy |
|TN Crew (dance group)|
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|Year||Type||Artist / Group||Title||Certifications|
|2001||Mixtape (compilation)||Various artists||Pur Son Ghetto vol. 1|
|2003||Mixtape (compilation)||Various artists||Pur Son Ghetto vol. 2|
|2005||Mixtape (compilation)||Various artists||Originale Mix-tape|
|2005||Album||Intouchable||La vie de rêve|
|2008||Mixtape||3ème prototype||La Terre du Milieu|
|2008||Album||Dry||Les derniers seront les premiers|
|2008||Street album||3ème prototype||Le Renouveau|
|2008||Street album||Dry||De la pure pour les durs|
|2008||Street album||Sexion d'Assaut||L'Écrasement de tête|
|2009||Mixtape||Sexion d'Assaut||Les Chroniques du 75|
|2010||Album||Sexion d'Assaut||L'École des points vitaux||4x Platinum|
|2010||Mixtape (compilation)||DJ HCue with Various artists||T Sourd Ou Quoi? Vol. 1|
|2011||Mixtape||Sexion d'Assaut||Les Chroniques du 75 Vol. 2||Platinum|
|2012||Album||Dry||Tot ou tard|
|2012||Album||Sexion d'Assaut||L'Apogée Negér||Diamond|
|2012||Album||Shin Sekaï||The Shin Sekaï vol. 1|
|2013||Mixtape||L'Institut||Equipe de nuit|
|2013||Album (compilation)|| Various Artists |
(Collection from Wati B artists)
|Les chroniques du Wati Boss - Volume 1|
|2014||Album (compilation)|| Various Artists |
(Collection from Wati B artists)
|Les chroniques du Wati Boss - Volume 2|
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