Welcome to The Black Nova Experience
Black Nova Entertainment is the motivating force behind The Black Nova Experience, LLC. The Black Nova Experience is comprised of Black Nova Entertainment, Black Nova Apparel, and its wellness division, Your Life Back. These manifestations were spun from the aspirations of their owner, K. E. Dorham and crafted by the union with guitars man, music, and media producer, Ricardo Love. The Black Nova Experience’s mission is to create healing of the heart, body, & spirit via music, fashion, wellness, and by stimulating the mind.
- E. is an actor and vocalist with an unbelievable vocal range and ability of multi vocal characterizations. He has appeared in Bay Area film, theatrical performances, and has modeled for major advertisements. K. E. is also cousin to the late great Jazz trumpeter, Kenny Dorham. A few of Kenny Dorham’s most notable accomplishments are Blue Note recordings “Afro-Cuban”, “Una Mas”, and “Trompeta Toccata”, and the composition of the Jazz standard “Blue Bossa”. Like unto his predecessor, K. E. is also a native Texan. Originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, he now resides in The Bay Area, California.
Ricardo, a superb guitars man and music producer, is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a teen, Ricardo auditioned for and was accepted by the Music Conservatory of Westchester, New York and the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, financial hardships denied him the opportunity to attend. Subsequently Ricardo worked his way through Barclay Career School of Los Angeles earning certifications in Business. At the age of 19, Ricardo was signed to an artist development contract with Polygram Records. However, his group’s project was shelved.
As an independent musician Ricardo went on to work with platinum artist like Dwayne Wiggins and Elijah Baker of Tony Toni Tone, Jerry Bell of The Daz Band, Taura Stinson, Alton Eaton, Terry T, and many others. Ricardo has also written theme songs for television shows such as “Caesar and Chu” (3 seasons), “Latino 101” SiTV (2 seasons), and the film “Love Takes Time” to name a few. He is the recipient of several music awards and nominations: L.A. Music Awards (2 wins), Black Music Awards (2 wins), Hollywood Music Awards (3 nominations), and one shared nomination for an Alma Award for his works on the “Caesar and Chu Show”.
- E. and Ricardo crossed paths after moving to Oakland, California. In 2001 their collaboration produced the songs “Blowing My High” and “(Hard To Live) This Single’s Life” for the 2006 release of K.-E.-D.’s “Happy Sad Songs” album. They appear together in a video to the album’s first single release,” Kiss Ya”. The Rainmaker is the epitome of Black Nova’s diversity. 2019’s “Now That We’re Married: The Bessie Street Blues” is dedicated to the influences of Johnny Taylor and Bobby Womack”. New school Blues with an old school vibe, walking one through the trials of Bessie Street. The 2018 “Relationship” and 2020 “The Right Way” albums return to Black Nova’s roots. It’s R&B and Pop with shades of Hip-Hop and a dance club feel on nearly every track. The songs “Hold On” and “Hasty” are sure to place the listener in a Michael Jackson and Prince state of mind.
Releasing The “I Love You Like I Love Brazil” and “The Rainmaker” albums were Black Nova’s initial intent, but the 2016 execution of Minnesota’s Philando Castile urged the group to concentrate on promoting more serious social content. Black Nova laid aside their previously completed works and began a new album immediately…2017’s Black Nova: “Black Love: Songs In The Key Of Freedom”. They have turned their attention towards gentrification and homelessness amongst other more pertinent social issues. Black Nova’s Bob Marley makeover of “No Woman, No Cry” newly titled “Don’t Cry” has a verbal and visual message that travels through ears and eyes to the very depth of the heart. The Black Love album also feature “Kaep”, a song and video tribute to Colin Kaepernick, and “Scared Of You”. “Our purpose is to make every word and (musical) note count…to evoke thought and to call the listener constructive action for the betterment of Earth’s most downtrodden…the darker people of the earth”. With the addition of Odie Ashford’s Sign Language Interpreting Service and closed caption for visual presentations, Black Nova reaches the non-hearing, an audience that is often ignored by most musical acts.
“The genre of Rock is reclaimed by its makers”. The 2020 “Walk Of The Caveman” Rock video concert is sure to be the most controversial piece of artistry released in our time. Social conscious and far from politically correct, Black Nova draws the line between love and hate. Independent artists are sure to be held to a higher stand hereafter.
In the month of June 2023, the yet known BLACK NOVA Experience released 11 songs, each song placed in a separate genre…something that no single artist or music group has done in the history of music.
These works include the production of new songs for the 82 years young, Carrie Cleveland. Before encountering the Black Nova duo in January of 2022, Carrie Cleveland’s last recording was the 1978 EP, Looking Up. With the production of remixes to the Carrie Cleveland classics “Love Will Set You Free” and “Make Love”, and videos debuts “High Beams” and the dance worthy “Mrs. Carrie 2022”, The BLACK NOVA Experience has woken Carrie Cleveland from a 44 year beauty nap.
You will be pleasantly surprised with how The Black Nova Experience encompasses your every listening and visual desire. There is simply no observer that Black Nova fails to touch.