THROW in Brazilian guitar licks, enchanting Finnish vocals and peppery reggae riffs, and you’ll only be starting to fill the pot of world music that is Womad 2017.

Musical roads from across the planet lead to Charlton Park near Malmesbury later this month as the all-embracing music festival marks its 35th birthday.

While jazz-funk maestro Roy Ayers, reggae greats Toots and the Maytals, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, rapper Loyle Carner and dance music luminary Joey Negro need little introduction, other acts will excite and surprise. The event – full name World Of Music And Dance – is one of the oldest music festivals in the UK and also hosts an equally wide-ranging spoken word programme including poetry slams, discussions and interviews.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: “Back for its 35th year, the global gathering that is Womad acts as a timely reminder that in troubled and uncertain moments, music has a unique power to bring people together by celebrating the world in all its creative, diverse and multicultural complexity.

“And the bill for this year’s Womad festival is as diverse as ever, with more than 80 acts now announced for the four-day summit of music, art, dance, food, well-being, discussion and family adventures, which has made Womad a brand leader among summer festivals.”

Malagasy supergroup Toko Telo’s irresistible upbeat rhythms and the supercharged Finnish folk band Varttina Vocal Trio are unlikely to leave a patch of grass untrodden in deepest Wiltshire. Seu Jorge, regarded as one of Brazil’s most talented artists, will mix pop, samba and gentle soul at his only UK show.

Jorge also puts in turns as an actor, including in the acclaimed 2002 favela tale City of God and as a David Bowie-singing sailor in Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

Acclaimed Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, who has a Grammy award, and Swedish experimental band Goat are also in the musical calabash.

Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express will beat a path from India to the festival, having worked with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on music that blends traditional drums with serene guitar, uplifting brass and vocals in Urdu and Hebrew.

The Ecotricity stage will welcome Ifé, a critically-acclaimed electronic ensemble from Puerto Rico fusing rumba and other influences not limited to Jamaican dancehall and sacred Yoruba praise songs. Pioneering dance music giant Joey Negro will close the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2017 with his seamless blend of disco, funk and house.

Italian producer Clap! Clap! and drum and bass kings DJ Marky and MC GQ will keep the tempo going in the Big Red Tent.

Womad takes place at Charlton Park over four days starting Thursday, July 27. For tickets visit