She sang at Usher’s wedding and you know he could have had just about anyone serenade him. But he picked Hathaway, the daughter of late great R&B singer Donny Hathaway. Where many contemporary R&B singers feel the need to over-emote and cram as many notes into each bar as possible, Hathaway just sings with warmth and ease. And that’s more than enough. On her new album, “Where It All Begins,” she reaches back into her father’s catalog for both the cover art and the track “You Were Meant For Me.”
7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $32.50; $30 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Mali’s phenomenal Bassekou Kouyate ventured here last year with Bela Fleck’s Africa Project, but he returns to headline the show this time around. Kouyate plays the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo. He and his group, Ngoni