Sudden Rush: Na Mele Paleoleo (Hawaiian Rap) as Liberatory Discourse

  title={Sudden Rush: Na Mele Paleoleo (Hawaiian Rap) as Liberatory Discourse},
  author={Fay Yokomizo Akindes},
  pages={82 - 98}
  • F. Akindes
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Education
  • Discourse
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