Dogs Better than People
- May 6, 2016
So Winde, you are a musician and play at times in bars where tourists or foreign residents gather and I am fairly certain you are paid always in cash and maybe also some free beer ?Is it legal for musicians who are in the country on tourist cards to work, play music, and get paid for that as musicians in bars and restaurants in the DR?
Do you have a work permit, because a cedula means only the right to reside in DR, not work
Do you report your earnings to the DR government for their share ? The magic 8-Ball says "Not Rikrey" - (the 8-ball is made in Asia now)
And one thing is for sure - a bar who employs foreigners to perform surely isn't the type to bring in a Bachata band - his customers would not appreciate it and leave.
And performers who know English and can play, sing and have a repertoire of hit songs are hard to come by.
Is someone stealing gigs from you why you asked ?
And let's face it - no one is making a fat living playing in Dominican dive ex-pat bars, maybe just enough for one week of food at Playero, if they like cheese sandwiches.
On this issue (not all) Live and Let Live, it's pennies