Mathias Xavier is a Mozambican singer and composer who wrote the song Tormented Soul which is played in Zimbabwe towards the Heroes Day commemorations in August or every time a national hero or heroine dies.


Xavier composed Tormented Soul when Mozambique’s founding president Samora Machel died on October 19 1986. The song was composed as a tribute to Machel.[1]


  1. Mathias Xavier and the tormented souls of the struggle, The Herald, Published: August 8, 2016, Retrieved: January 26, 2021