Afternoon of July 29, 2023, hours before: Fury rehearses one last time before going on stage. The stands of the Loreley open-air stage in St. Goarshausen are still deserted. But the anticipation for the concert is rising: Singing new and old familiar songs together with the fans, celebrating life – and being hopeful. Hope for solidarity, awareness, change. With the campaign “Hope changes everything”, Fury in the Slaughterhouse has launched a program with which the band collects donations during their open air tour and passes them on to NGOs, associations and selected aid organizations such as Ubomi.
A project that supports – and is supported: The Youth Hostels between North Sea and Sauerland have helped our Ubomi founding family Thomas Meisterknecht and Khoelka Matiwane to travel to Germany for this important event. A great reunion for all of us, once outside of Cape Town. And a very special moment, six years after the foundation of the project, which in the meantime has grown from a private initiative of good friends to a living project with great support from many dear people.
Once again, this campaign brings people together, overcomes borders and thus creates something new: so that children and young people in South Africa also have a chance of a life worth living. With love, safety, security – instead of poverty, lack of prospects and violence.
Singing for more safety: Fury in the Slaughterhouse wants to set an example
A short time later, the stands are full, people crowd in front of the stage and wait for the band. The Ubomi logo appears on a screen right at the beginning, followed by a detailed presentation of the project. “If everyone makes even a small contribution, we can make a big difference,” I hear myself say in an interview clip talking to Fury frontman Kai Wingenfelder. This short video is an incredible opportunity to reach a lot of people on a big stage. At the very latest, however, when the video of our children is shown, who recorded “Time to Wonder” in their own African style and sent it to us as a video message, it is noticeable that people are personally touched despite the masses.