Durban duo pen praise and worship song for Mini World Youth Day


Ballet dancer Katherine Anderson as she appears in the video for ‘The Mighty One’. Photo: Lwandile Ngubentombi


TWO Durban performers, Justin Nanak and Thandeka Dube-Ndhlovu, have composed an original praise-and-workshop ballad, The Mighty One, for the Mini World Youth Day 2017.

The song will be the official theme tune for the event, which runs from December 6 to 10. It was launched at a meeting on July 24 and can now be viewed online. 

Nanak and Dube-Ndhlovu are long time friends and they have relished the chance to express their spiritual devotion through music.

“My prayer is that this song of praise will help our young people reach a higher level of worship as we unite and deepen our spiritual connection with the amazing God we serve!,” said Nanak .

Co-writer Thandeka Dube-Ndhlovu added:   “Everyone can relate to the theme as the Lord has surely great things for all of us.”

The duo teamed up with Karen Van Pletsen, of Raise Your Voice, who arranged and produced the track, which was recorded at Sonic Studios in Durban. The Mighty One features the Durban Gospel Choir, Khethelo Zungu (guitar), Jude Kenrick  (drums) and Nina Sudgen Watson (cello).


‘The Mighty One’ composers and performers, Justin Nanak and Thandeka Dube-Ndhlovu. Photo: Lwandile Ngubentombi

To go with the song, there is a music video produced by Raise Your Voice, filmed by Jimmy Reynolds and edited by Mark Edwards. It features the Archbishop of Durban, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM as and an array of talent drawn from parishes across the city including the inspiring Kwa Thintwa Signing Choir, from the Kwa Thintwa School for the Deaf which was founded by Archbishop Denis Hurley; Katherine Anderson  from Blessed Sacrament; Andrea Govender from Immaculate Conception,  and groups from Saint Frances Xavier; Saint Josephs; Blessed Sacrament and Star of The Sea led by Kendall King, Lezariah Blignaut , Carina Teixiera respectively.

The song and accompanying video is in English, isiZulu and Sign language.

The Mini World Youth Day, which will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre and surrounds, aims to unite Catholic young people from Southern Africa to celebrate their Christianity, community and unity while experiencing the chosen theme of ‘young people, faith and vocations’.

The main message comes from Mary’s Magnificat and more specifically Luke 1:49 which says ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name’.

During the event young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland will come together to deepen their faith and to be encouraged to become more active, thoughtful, engaging and caring global citizens.

Over the five days, there will be community engagement, prayerful activities, discussion groups and pilgrimages.

Durban’s Mini World Youth Day forms part of global build-up to World Youth Day in Panama in 2019. First established in 1985, World Youth Day takes place every three years, with Mini World Youth Day events hosted in cities around the world forming stepping stones towards the major event in any one particular host country.

Booking for the conference is now open. All information and booking details can be found on the conference website:

Included in the registration fee charged will be accommodation and catering.

Please note: delegate numbers are limited and booking closes on August 31.

For more information, please contact Barbara Koorbanally at the Archdiocese of Durban on 031 303 1417 or the Conference Company on 031 303 9852 during office hours; visit or email

You can also follow the event on Facebook: Mini World Youth Day 2017, Twitter -@MWYD_Durban and on Instagram: mwyd_durban





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