Sweet SantaFe is the love child of Canadian, Christine Baxter and Cuban, Michel Rivero.
Christine and Michel met during Spanish/English choral music cultural exchange in Havana, Cuba. There was no mistaking the chemistry between their music styles and the two of them. It was a fusion of music, culture, and love. The idea of Sweet SantaFe was conceived in the fishing district, Santa Fe, on the outskirts of Havana. Immersed in Cuban culture, Sweet SantaFe evolved as the two seasoned songwriters learned to speak each others language through the gift of song.
In July, 2016, Sweet SantaFe moved from Cuba to Comox, B.C. They immediately began sharing their music to a growing number of Canadian audiences. Within less than a year and with the help of their friends, Sweet SantaFe met their goal of creating their first CD titled the same as their home in Cuba, Santa Fe. Production of the album directed Sweet SantaFe to Comox Valley professionals such as Corwin Fox, Blaine Dunaway, Doug Cox, Luke Blu Guthrie, Sean Mooney, Jake Jenne, and Jordie Robinson. Each expert had a role in the making of Santa Fe.
The infectious Cuban Trova-style rhythms inspire the audience to dance and the lyrically-painted scenes enchant the listener. Sweet SantaFe’s distinct style has been influenced by the likes of North America’s Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan, Cuba’s Pablo Milanes, and Brazil’s Tom Jobim.
They have been performing with a variety of musicians and in a wide range of venues from pubs to house concerts, to churches with full choir backup. Their three-week tour in May of 2018 took them from Vancouver through the interior of BC, into Alberta and all the way north to Edmonton. They have had interviews on CBC radio, No Strings attached and Talk N Tunes. They have been played across college radio, charting in the #1 spot in world music on CFBX in Kamloops, and have performed live on CITR The Medicine Show at UBC in Vancouver, CFUV in Victoria.
Sweet SantaFe has also performed alongside Choirs, such as Rhythm and Roots in Vancouver, and Island Soul Choir at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. They have backed up Doug Cox, Sue Medley and Helen Austin of Big Little Lions in the Comox Valley achievement awards. They have shared the stage with Matt Epp, Celeigh Cardinal, Dave Kelly and Christine Collister, and Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean at The Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Along with their live performances Sweet SantaFe also shares their music through teaching percussion, voice, and guitar at the BC Swing Camp, the Georgia Straight Guitar Workshops, and the Vancouver Island Music Workshops.