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.
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.
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted May 6, 2018.