Winnie Mandela and R. Kelly

*R. Kelly has a fear of flying but he can’t seem to stay away too long from the Mother Land. He just returned to the states after his third trip this year to Africa, where he performed for President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola for his 68th birthday.

He also performed for 20,000 fans at a benefit concert in Luanda for the Special Olympics of Angola, after which he attended a basketball game at the Special Olympics and donated several specially designed wheelchairs.

“Visiting Africa is always exciting and inspiring for me, both musically and personally,” said Kelly. “Even though I hate flying, I’m always willing to get on an airplane if the destination is Africa.”

Earlier this year, the star was in Johannesburg for the 2010 World Cup, where he performed the official World Cup anthem, “Sign of Victory.” He also visited Uganda in January.

He will be back before the year is out and in the meantime, he is getting ready to release his next album, “Love Letter.”