The 11th Gary Player Invitational, presented by Coca-Cola, at Fancourt later this week will play host to South Africa’s top artists performing live at an array of stylish functions across the four day event.
Widely acknowledged as the tightest rock outfit in South Africa, the visceral energy that Prime Circle gives off on stage is evident to anyone who has had the privilege of seeing them live.
As a result of the Gary Player Invitational, Presented by Coca-Cola, Prime Circle have decided to perform a musical collaboration with an illuminating new young star with a heart wrenching tale of survival.
At the tender age of 24, NOMFUSI has shared the stage with some of the biggest local and international names in the entertainment world, including Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma and American gospel star Bebe Wynans.
Just back from her European tour in early June, which included a prime time slot at the Dunya Festival in Rotterdam, she will perform at the event in George along with the George Child Welfare Choir and a brand new track with Prime Circle which will rock the entertainment world.
Ross Learmonth of Prime Circle said “We fell in love with Nomfusi from the moment we met her. She exudes a sense of magic and her touching story resonates through her angelic voice. We are grateful to Gary Player who brought us together through this philanthropic event so that we can make musical history”
Critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning Afropop sensation FreshlyGround join the line up at Fancourt this week and promise to excite and thrill guests with their upbeat energy at the Saturday night party presented by SAP.
Top local DJ’s Sasha Martinengo and Koula will mix it up for the dancing die-hards off the golf course at the Exclusive Heineken lounge and Riaad Moosa offers some comic relief to the serious elements of what this fundraiser represent, with the rhythmic chants of 1st Project adding the final ingredient to this entertainment smorgasbord.
Former Ryder Cup player Sergio Garcia, American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, double US Open champion Retief Goosen, Ladies European Tour sensation Lee-Anne Pace, Champions Tour star John Cook, and West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara will join Grand Slam champion Player in headlining this year’s field at The Links.
Football stars Lucas Radebe and Dwight Yorke, and All Black rugby great Zinzan Brooke add to the stellar line-up of celebrities, while some of the leading businessmen who have thrown their support behind The Player Foundation’s cause to raise funds for underprivileged children are Dr Hans-Walter Peters, managing partner of Berenberg Bank, and Alex Maditsi, executive director of Coca-Cola South Africa.
The format of the tournament sees a business leader partnered with a golfer from the regular tour, the Champions Tour, and a celebrity.
Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight, expressed his delight at the high quality field. “Golfers are phenomenal at giving back, and we are all thankful that we have such a strong field of influential business leaders, world-class golfers and celebrities all committed to the aim of this tournament, which is to raise money for charity,” he said.
The beneficiaries of this year’s tournament will be the Masizame Children’s Shelter, Twilight Children and the Bana Development Centre.
“A field of this quality is a fitting tribute to the 11-year history of this tournament, which in this time has raised over R30 million for charity. I have no doubt that this year’s tournament will be one of the greatest successes in the history of this series,” added Gary Player.
The full field for the 2010 tournament is:
Regular Tour Players – Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, George Coetzee, Carly Booth, Lee-Anne Pace, Louise Friberg, Lindani Ndwandwe, Darren Fichardt.
Champions Tour Players – Gary Player, John Cook, John Bland, Vincent Tshabalala, Bobby Lincoln, Mark McNulty, Tony Johnstone, Corey Pavin.
Celebrities – Lucas Radebe, Dwight Yorke, Zinzan Brooke, Brian Lara, Kimberlin Brown, Unathi Msengana, Sasha Martinengo.
Business Leaders – Dr Hans-Walter Peters, Hendrik Riehmer, Jurgen Dorsch, Claudia Schoenfeld, Sinead Kenny, Alan Campey, Alex Maditsi, Andrew Golding.
Entertainers – Nomfusi with the George Child Welfare Choir, Prime Circle, FreshlyGround, DJ Sasha Martinengo, DJ Koula, and Riaad Moosa