Ben Harper Covers Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – Paris 2014

Laurence of Paris, who attended the May 17, 2014 Ben Harper concert at the Folies Bergere in Paris, recommends this video of his performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” As a fan of Ben Harper myself, I heartily concur with the endorsement.

Ben Harper – “Hallelujah”
Folies Bergere, Paris: May 17, 2014
Video by zerockerparis

Note: Originally posted May 19, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason — Who Will Perform At Royal Wedding — Plays Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah


When Britain’s Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle take their wedding vows on May 19th, a 19-year-old cellist will add to the musical pageantry of the royal ceremony. Sheku Kanneh-Mason caught the attention of Prince Harry last June while playing at a charity event in London. Now he’s graduating to a worldwide stage.

From Watch the Young Cellist—Who’s Performing at the Royal Wedding — Play Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Meridee Duddleston (WRTI: May 15, 2018)

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Adrian du Plessis, who alerted me to this video.

Striking Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Halifax 2013

HalifaxThis video of Hallelujah, although filmed from a balcony at a severely acute angle, is of superior quality and offers an atypical, intriguing view of the performance.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Visual Quality: Good-High; Audio Quality: Good-High
Halifax: April 13, 2013
Video by joeshrubbery

Originally posted April 16, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Madonna Covers Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – 2018 Met Gala


Madonna covered Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at the May 7, 2018 Met Gala. Vogue offers professionally shot footage of the performance.

Gorgeous Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah By Sultans of String Featuring Rebecca Campbell

This is a splendid rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic by The Sultans of String. A description of the band from Independent Music Awards follows:

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

Find the The Sultans Of String tour schedule here

It;s worth noting that The Sultans of String contacted me some time ago to request photos of Leonard Cohen to use in their performance of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Hallelujah. They – atypically (you might be surprised how many publications, documentary-makers, broadcast companies, artists, and even the occasional museum treat Cohencentric as a free source of data and materials without acknowledgement) – remembered our help and credited contributors, Pete Purnell, Maarten Massa, Dominique BOILE, and Allan Showalter.

“It’s a testament to something at the core of Hallelujah that… almost no one approaches it blithely.” Q&A With Alan Light, Author of The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah

 The “Hallelujah” Phenomenon – What’s It To You?

The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”
By Alan Light

Atria Books
Publication Date: December 4, 2012

Well, unless you have an interest in music, cultural movements in modern society, love, tragedy, human dignity, or matters of that ilk, the improbable, unique, near-miraculous phenomenon of “Hallelujah” won’t mean much to you. On the other hand, if the prospect of uncovering some clues about the secret chord intrigues you, Alan Light’s The Holy Or The Broken offers a wealth of insightful, engrossing information pertinent to that investigation.

Three intertwined themes run through the book:

1. The evolution of “Hallelujah:” The Holy Or The Broken tracks “Hallelujah” from its six year gestation and initial, inauspicious presentation to the public as a track on the Various Positions album in 1984 through John Cale’s reconstruction of the song on the I’m Your Fan tribute album through Jeff Buckley’s dramatic transformation of “Hallelujah” into a song most often identified with Buckley alone (i.e., “Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah” rather than “Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah”) through its popularization in the general public via Shrek and musical responses to 9/11 to its seeming ubiquity in movies, TV shows, and ceremonies, small and large, public and private (e.g., opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, memorial services, weddings, …).

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High Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Hamilton 2013

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (clips)
Hamilton: April 9, 2013
Video by Toronto Kirtan Community

Linda Sturgess spotted this video of clips from Leonard Cohen’s performance of Hallelujah at the April 9, 2013 Hamilton concert. Originally posted April 25, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric