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Watch 'I Will Survive' Get An Incredible '40s Jazz Makeover

Postmodern Jukebox transformed this disco classic.

You know them for their Motown-infused twist on Justin Bieber's "Sorry," their Marilyn Monroe-inspired version of Britney Spears' famous song "Oops! ... I Did It Again," and their swinging cover of Gwen Stefani's 2005 hit, "Hollaback Girl." Now, Scott Bradlee's music collective Postmodern Jukebox is back with a new YouTube music sensation: They've taken "I Will Survive" back to the '40s. 

In the video, the disco classic, which has been empowering people since Gloria Gaynor released in the late '70s, got a total jazz makeover. Sara Niemietz powerfully belts the cover, proving once again that she's an incredible powerhouse vocalist. But viewers are in for another treat with this one. Halfway through the song, there's a fantastic Latin ballroom dance break.  

"Remaking a disco classic like 'I Will Survive' was a daunting task, but one that came together very naturally nonetheless," Bradlee wrote in a blog post. "The song's melody and chord changes are reminiscent of popular jazz standards such as 'All The Things You Are,' as well as many popular Latin tunes. The Postmodern Jukebox version aims to expand on that Latin connection, with the help of Jose Perez on congas and Latin Ballroom dancers Jose Valencia and Liora Paniz, while maintaining the passion of the original." 


You can check it out in the video below:


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