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Sa-Fire

Although she didn't score as many pop crossovers as groups like Exposé or the Cover Girls, Safire's string of late-'80s club hits helped make her one of Latin freestyle's most popular female performers. Born Wilma Cosme in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she grew up mostly in East Harlem and began her singing career as a session vocalist. She was discovered at an audition for the Cutting Records label, which won her the chance to record the already-waiting single "Don't Break My Heart." Released in 1986, it became an instant freestyle classic, as did the early-1987 follow-up "Let Me Be the One" (which she co-wrote). The success of both singles helped Safire land a deal with Mercury, where she recorded her self-titled debut album. Released in 1988, Sa-Fire featured her two previous hits, plus the even more successful "Boy I've Been Told," which was penned by Latin star Marc Anthony, and became a significant success on urban radio and in clubs across the U.S. and Europe. The ballad "Thinking of You," which she also co-wrote, became her biggest pop crossover in early 1989, peaking at number 12 and enjoying substantial radio airplay. Mercury didn't push the dance-oriented follow-up "Love Is on Her Mind" quite as hard, and it stalled her mainstream momentum, though she remained extremely popular in the freestyle community.

Safire's second album, I Wasn't Born Yesterday, was released in 1990, around the time that freestyle's presence on the pop charts had begun to diminish. Mainstream dance-pop and house music were taking over its previous audiences, and I Wasn't Born Yesterday couldn't perform up to the level of commercial success its predecessor had enjoyed, even despite the house-influenced single "Taste the Bass." With the freestyle scene no longer thriving, Safire remained quiet for a few years. She returned in 1996 -- signed to Sony and no longer sporting a hyphen -- with a more straightforward Latin dance album; Atrevida blended salsa with hip-hop rhythms. In 2001, Safire released Bringing Back the Groove, a combination of new material and remixes of her past hits. Both "Don't Break My Heart 2002" and the new ballad duet "Can You Stand the Rain" (originally by New Edition, featuring longtime friend Cynthia) landed some airplay among urban and Latin stations. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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jason.vega07
Safire is The queen of Freestyle! I guarantee I am her biggest fan! Listened to her daily in the 80's and still in the 2015's! The most passionate voice, she melts my spirit! When I need a push in life, I listen to Freestyle and it keeps me young. Thanks Safire for your music!
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ojosclaro22c
awwwwwww s**t dats my Baby she's alws been in a class by herself and dats why i named my daughter Sa-Fire!!! She's da Queen of Freestyle!!!
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by far my favorite artist growing up...lover her and her music!
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I grew up listerning to the freestyle And even now I still do lisern cause keep me going everyday in life with my familys.
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My song
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Another Freestyle Classic - Love it!
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C'mon DJ play it..
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You've been around..n
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anaelisacorn e j o
Real Music!!!! :D
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Lunch Time
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Always listened to her back in the day,as I waited at the San Diego/Tijuan a border
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I can honestly say these were the best days of my life...luv freestyle..! !
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Wow they were the best days of my life...pleas e give them back.;) <3
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Reminds me Floyd high
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raquelsilva7 1 1 8 3
This is my s----
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Freestyle for ever....Bori c u a and Proud!
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The best!!!
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Lov her voice
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I need that one person to actually be together :-D
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D J BIG DADDY ESQ. WHAT'S UP EVERYBODY , FREESTYLE 4EVER!!!!! IM A HUGH FREESTYLE DJ FROM BACK - DA DAZE, REMEMBER SKATE KEY IN DA BOOGIE DOWN WHITE PLAINS AND BOSTON ROAD!! 1018, PALLADIUM ETC. AH THOSE WERE THE DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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Boriqua forever love this song
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Still djing this classic since day one.
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Love going to the concerts , can't wait for the 2014 venues.
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they dont make beats like this anymore.. there is mad passion in her voice.. she kills it...
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Great memories good times!
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Great song in the 80's! Freestyle forever
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Devil's Nest - Bronx, NY. Great times there.
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oilnal
This music brings me back to life:)
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Love this song
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love Sa-Fire she is the best ... Beautiful voice ! ... great songs . {^__^}***
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This reminds me driving at the jersey shore
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Luv u safire always this ya gurl Eliana
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Take me back to Los Angeles 1980's baby!!! and the fly a** ladies
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One hit...but man what a hit!...unbel i e v a b l e voice!...so good :)
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4D's in Manhattan and La Mirage in Fordham Rd in the Bronx. Good times. Good memories.
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sneakyescoba r 3 3
This songs i Will Never Forget no matter How old i get growing up in brooklyn new York those Were the days
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Takes me back to my days at the NYC club scene of the mid to late 80's Heartthrobs The Underground ect ect...Good times.
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This song has meaning the heart,,,,,,r e a l deep
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new safire dance/house single ' "exotique" now available - on all download sites, nyc traxx records. itunes, masterbeat.c o m , etc... contact djrenegade@d j r e n a g a d e . c o m to purchase the CD single with 14 mixes!
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love safire, one of the original pioneers of freestyle/da n c e music. her music really takes me back to those awesome summer nights in nyc in the 80/90's. she still rocks and looks great!! still does shows. check out her myspace - myspace/safi r e s o f f i c i a l p a g e
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I really like this kind of music its great music and is always in beat, wonderful artist

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