- Meet the man, poet, blogger, artiste, marketing guru, and teacher: Clifton "Butta, Not-Clif" Neil. Born in St. Ann's Bay, in the garden parish of St. Ann, his playground was the soil of a land that held a rich history that has shaped Jamaica and the world.
- St. Ann was the first place in Jamaica that Europeans set foot on in 1494 (Christopher Columbus) and set the gate way for Christianity and slavery in Jamaica . In 1887, the first national hero of Jamaica, Marcus Garvey, was born in St. Ann's Bay resulting in the stirring up a high level of international consciousness and possible providing solutions to the stain of slavery on Black minds. Of course, Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney was born in St. Ann's Bay with Robert "Bob" Marley being from interior St. Ann, a few miles further south. Together they used music to provide an international beat for "trodding" down the negatives of Christianity and slavery and breaking the burden of the wine press.
- The recognition of the contribution of St. Ann to the world's psyche in terms of religion, commerce, politics and socialization has had a profound effect on Not-Clif's writing and world view and these basic themes are embedded in the works.
Indeed, THE FATHER, track 1 on the BUTTA: THE POEMS EP is a poem from the VIEW collection with music accompaniment. To his credit are the Play ” Youth Wave”, the “Chek dis out” compilation of speakable sayings: collection of quotes/verses and co-writer of the song “My life” by Cedric “Fuzzy” Treston.
Clifton got his first blog, published on March 12, 2015, titled “Heights of great musicians were reached by craft or chance”. Since the blog was so long, it was called a blong (blog long). The Blongs reflect the aura of St. Ann's Bay and delve into diverse topics: some controversial, some profound and some mind boggling. There are poems with slices of life; articles on relationships, heaven, swipes at the holy days; fingering of dubious business practices and more.
With an urge to release his artistic creativity, sessions in the studio resulted in the creation of two "word, sound and music" tracks which will be released at the latter part of the year. Track 1, THE FATHER, as indicated above, was developed from one of the poems in the 1983 VIEW publication. It extolled the caring yet correcting care of an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent being, albeit from a patriarchal perspective. Track 2, PRESSURE,was written in August 2019 and is a reflection of the socialization of people to "see and blind, hear and deaf " although this tendency perpetuate crime and violence. .
Despite his dappling in the arts and relative mastery of literary works, Clifton Neil is really a trained post graduate teacher with more than ten years teaching experience at the university level. He is also a chartered marketer with marketing experience spanning over 30 years (practical and theory). He is the project manager at Word,Food and Music (WFM). WFM focuses on publishing/music production, and concert. Major efforts are on Aneil, a young budding female artiste with a unique distinctive style. Click the link to check out Aneil Music. https://www.wordfoodmusic.com/aneil-music.html
His motto is “know a little about a lot, and a lot about a little”
The Blongs below are from the NOT-CLIF collection. Do read and feel the vibes.