Kassav is the French Creole word for cassava. The band chose that name to signify nutritious local food which, like music, nurtures body and spirit. And they sing in Creole to affirm the value of the language. It's a political issue - reclaiming the power of our shared African heritage.
How mi kuda tink seh every Jack man no waan Jill? No must joke mi a mek! Ou mi kuda tingk se evri Jak man no waan Jil? No mos juok mi a mek! How could I think that every Jack man doesn't want Jill? I must have been joking!
Despite the flawless French of the Kouachi brothers, they were unquestionably alienated from mainstream French culture. Though born in France, they had a fatal flaw. Their home culture was not French. Their religion was not Catholicism; it was Islam. And they were radical Islamists at that.