Tourmented Soul by Matias Xavier— The Song Played Whenever A Zimbabwe National Hero Dies


In Zimbabwe, whenever a national hero1 dies, the radio stations and TV network eulogies them with this song. The song has a man who sings “yei yehi yei yei” accompanied by a soft guitar. It’s such an obscure song so it’s really hard to search for it by it’s lyrics.

Given how the former long running president Robert Gabriel Mugabe died just over a week ago on the 6th of September 2019, I finally managed to find the song thanks to a fellow Zimbos who posted to pay respects.

The name of the song is Tourmented Soul by Matias Xavier. It was made a few years after Samora Machel died in his honor. Not sure how Zimbabwe broadcasters started using it but it’s pretty much a part of Zimbabwe now.

You can learn more by reading In Search of a Tourmented Soul. You can also listen to the song on Youtube.

Rest In Peace Gushungo2. You’ve had a long life.


  1. Not sure how one qualifies as a warning hero to begin with. Fought against Rhodesia in the Second Chimurenga/Rhodesia Bush War/Second Liberation Struggle perhaps?
  2. Not sure why he’s called that. Apparently Gushungo is his totem in which Gushungo itself is probably a lion.