Wallias Band are an Ethiopian group formed by Mulatu Astatke. They were active from the early 1970s until the beginning of the 1990s. The Walias Band is a seminal band on the Ethiopian scene. It was made up of musicians from the Venus Band (so called because they were employed by the Venus Club) and later Shèbèlé’s Band (from the Wabi Shèbèlé Hôtel). It was one of the first independent groups able to impose their own name upon the venues that hired them.