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July 3, 2014
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QQ pulls out of Sumfest - Negotiations breaks down between artiste, promoters
André Williams, STAR Writer


Citing miscommunication with members of his management team, dancehall artiste QQ will not be performing at this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest.

QQ, whose real name is Kareem Dawkins, said in a media release that negotiations were not finalised and an overseas opportunity presented itself, hence the reason for his absence from the Sumfest line-up this year.

However, Summerfest Productions boss, Johnny Gourzong, while speaking to THE STAR yesterday, confirmed that the artiste was withdrawn from the line-up and sought to shed some light on the issue.

He said, "We would not go to his management team, we went to his booking agent and have in our possession a signed and duly executed contract with QQ. We were told recently that the fee was agreed and signed on. QQ was not pleased ... we paid a deposit and our budget could not allow us to go anymore, and he said that he is not going to work for that amount, and we weren't offering anymore than that so we had to take him off."

When asked if his absence will affect the show, Gourzong said, "I think he is a good artiste, but I don't think it's gonna affect the show ... We have gone and filled the gap."

The deejay recently released the video for the increasingly popular track Tweety Bird (Turn Me On). The video was shot in Miami and directed by Strugu Films (which is based in Atlanta). The song was produced by Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston for Head Concussion Records.

sexy video

"The video is quite sexy and it shows a more mature and adult side to me. Since it has been released, the feedback has been very good and I love the feedback. And the fans seem to be loving the more mature QQ," the deejay noted.

QQ recently performed in Edmonton, Calgary and Belmont in Canada, where fans showed their appreciation for songs from his catalogue including One Drop, Stookie, Mosquito Net and Jack Hammer, which is featured on VP Records' Reggae Gold 2014 series.

"The shows were amazing and we had a great turnout and the ladies were amazing. Mr Vegas was also on the shows and it was amazing working alongside an artiste of Mr Vegas' calibre, one who has dominated the music scene over the years, and always had a good command with the industry," said QQ.

Fans can follow QQ on social media on Instagram/twitter @qqworld and facebook.com/qquniverse.

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